- Steve Burns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The GBI has identified a state trooper who fatally shot a man during a confrontation last month in Columbus.
The deadly encounter between Georgia State Patrol Trooper Michael Nolen and 35-year-old Jarvis Lykes occurred about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 29 after Lykes drove away from a DUI checkpoint, GBI spokesman Bahan Rich said.
The GSP and the Columbus Police Department conducted the checkpoint.
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Nolen attempted a traffic stop, but Lykes failed to pull over, Rich said. A chase followed, and Lykes drove onto a dead-end street in a neighborhood, according to the GBI. He stopped and got out of his Kia Forte, and the altercation between Lykes and Nolen occurred when Lykes tried to get back into his car, Rich said.
Nolen fired one shot, which hit Lykes in the upper torso, the GBI said. Troopers and officers gave aid until Lykes was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Nolen was not injured.
GBI agents found a handgun in a container in the driver’s area when they searched Lykes’ car.
The GBI is investigating, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases.
There have been 97 such investigations in 2017, and there were 83 for all of 2016, spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.
— Staff writer Lauren Foreman contributed to this article.
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