GBI investigating after South Georgia officer injured in shootout with suspect

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

The GBI is investigating after a South Georgia police officer was shot while trying to arrest a suspect overnight Saturday, according to authorities.

Officers were responding to the 1700 block of First Avenue in Moultrie to arrest a suspect with multiple felony warrants, according to a news release from police. Moultrie is located in Colquitt County, about 25 miles southwest of Tifton.

The suspect, identified by the GBI as 56-year-old Glen Taylor, had been staying at the Cocomo Inn & Suites. When officers tried to make contact with him, he allegedly fired a shot from inside the room, striking one officer.

Before being taken to a hospital, the officer returned fire but did not injure anyone, according to the GBI. The remaining officers retreated to a secure area to await a SWAT team and negotiators who worked through the night and finally secured Taylor’s surrender early Sunday morning, the GBI said.

The injured officer has since been released from the hospital, police said.

Taylor is being held at the Colquitt County jail.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, it will turn over its findings to the Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

Saturday’s incident marks the 80th officer-involved shooing the GBI has been tasked with investigating this year. By the same date last year, there had been 65.