Exchange of gunfire leaves South Georgia man dead, officer injured, GBI says

The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Adel that left one man dead and an officer injured.
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The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Adel that left one man dead and an officer injured.

Credit: GBI

A South Georgia man is dead and a police officer is injured in Adel after a call for a stolen car early Saturday morning led to an exchange of gunfire, the GBI said.

The Adel Police Department has requested assistance from the GBI in investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The incident began when police responded to a report of a stolen car on Tony Street around 2:15 a.m., the GBI said in a news release. Responding officers found 31-year-old Steve Newsome sitting in the passenger seat of the car at the scene.

“As Newsome got out of the car, there was an exchange of gunfire,” the GBI announcement said. The agency did not share further details about what led to the gunfire.

In the exchange, an officer was struck multiple times, the GBI said. She was taken to the South Georgia Medical Center for treatment and her condition is stable. The officer’s identity has not been released.

Newsome was also hit by multiple gunshots but was able to run a short distance from the scene, the GBI said. Officers caught up with him and attempted to give him first aid before emergency medical personnel arrived, but he died at the scene.

Newsome’s body will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, the agency said.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, the GBI said.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the GBI Douglas Office at 912-389-4103 or the Adel Police Department at 229-896-2224. 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.

This is the 33rd officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated this year, and the 15th fatal incident.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don’t involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI’s tally.

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