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GBI: Brunswick officer shoots, kills man after he fires at officer during foot chase

Charles Moses Jr., 33, was shot and killed by a Brunswick officer Saturday. Investigators said he was running away from officers, firing a gun at one of them.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Brunswick man is dead after being shot by an officer after 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown on Grant Street. 

Charles Moses Jr. 33, of Brunswick, was shot by Brunswick Police Lt. Donald Babbin, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. Babbin was chasing Moses on foot when Moses began firing shots at the officer, who returned fire killing him, the news release states.

"Preliminary information indicates that a few minutes after 5 p.m., a Brunswick Police Officer was patrolling downtown Brunswick when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed," the news release states. "While looking for the vehicle, police encountered a man on foot who ran upon seeing the police."

Moses was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler for an autopsy.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, according to the GBI news release.

"Not only did I come out, but Commissioner Williams came out as well," said Mayor Cornell Harvey, (D) Brunswick. 

Harvey visited the scene of the shooting, which is only about two blocks away from the Brunswick Police Department. 

"We immediately turned this case over to the GBI. We didn't follow it and made sure GBI got involved. They are working the case, and we should have a report from them soon. As soon as we get video footage, we're going to release that as well," Harvey said.

The mayor has this message for the community in Brunswick.

"We ask the community to allow this process to work so we can figure out exactly what happened and everything," Harvey said. "Stay calm, stay pause, and don't do something irrational until we get all of the information. The information will be coming out soon."

GBI says they're continuing to investigate and when they're finished the case will be turned over to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

This crime scene tape lines the outside of the Brunswick-Glynn County Library along Grant Street. The Georgia Bureau of...

Posted by Dawn White on Sunday, September 20, 2020