Suspect charged in Watson Blvd shooting

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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — GBI agents have charged a North Carolina man in the Warner Robins officer-involved shooting. The incident happened Thursday in Bealls Outlet parking outlet.

Authorities identify the man as 27-year-old Derik Edward Jones.

Derik Edward Jones charges

  • Three counts of aggravated assault
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • Theft by receiving
  • Possession of a firearm while on first offender probation
  • Criminal trespassing
  • Entering an automobile

Special Agent Todd Crosby with the GBI says an officer was at the Walmart in the same parking lot for an unrelated shoplifting call.

A citizen approached the officer and told him about someone breaking into vehicles in the parking lot. When they walked outside, a second officer arrived. After identifying Jones, officers tried to talk to him but he ran and a foot chase ensued. When they walked outside, a second officer arrived. After identifying Jones, officers tried to talk to him but he ran and a foot chase ensued.

“When they got to the other side of the parking lot in front of the Bealls Outlet store he produced a handgun and exchanged shots,” said Crosby.

Officers shot Jones. EMS took him to Navicent Health in Macon for treatment of his injuries. Authorities booked him at Houston County Jail with no release information.

Special Agent Crosby calls a blessing that no bystanders were hit. “I’m just glad nobody else got hurt that’s a very busy parking lot,” said Crosby.

Also, two of the three officers involved work with Warner Robins Police.

The third serves as a Crawford County deputy who was off-duty at the time of the incident. Crawford County Sheriff’s Office placed him on administrative leave.