Columbus police shoot, kill man accused of firing at officer

Credit: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Credit: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

A man was shot and killed by Columbus police Wednesday after he allegedly fired at officers, authorities said.

Police were called to a home in the 4200 block of Earline Avenue around 2 p.m. concerning a domestic disturbance, according to a news release. The GBI, which is investigating the incident, said a second 911 caller reported seeing a man shooting a handgun into the air.

Once officers arrived, they encountered a man who “took off running and fired a shot,” Columbus police Chief Freddie Blackmon told reporters during a news conference, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

The shot struck one of the officers in the center of his ballistic vest, the GBI said, prompting him to return fire. The suspect, Reginald Lamont Grant II, 30, was struck multiple times and died a short time later, authorities said.

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Credit: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

The officer was taken to a hospital and has since been released, according to the GBI. He was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of an investigation by the department’s office of professional standards, the police department said.

The GBI also will conduct its independent investigation, and once completed, it will turn over its findings to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Wednesday’s incident is the 85th officer-involved shooting the state agency has investigated this year. By the same time last year and in 2020, there had been 68 and 67, respectively.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact the GBI’s Columbus Field Office at 706-565-7888. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.