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GBI investigates OIS in Warner Robins

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Warner Robins, GA (January 21, 2021) – On Thursday, January 21, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Warner Robins Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.  

Preliminary information indicates that at 2:01 p.m., the Warner Robins Police Department received a call in reference to a suspect in custody for shoplifting at the Walmart located at 2720 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, Georgia. Officers arrived at the Walmart at 2:11 p.m. and made contact with Walmart Loss Prevention personnel. While interviewing Loss Prevention personnel and talking to the suspect in custody for shoplifting, a citizen approached the officers and advised them that another subject was breaking into cars in the Walmart parking lot. The suspect of the shoplifting incident is not related to the breaking into vehicles. 

The citizen accompanied the officers into the parking lot and showed them the vehicle the subject had just broken into. While showing the officers the vehicle, the citizen pointed out the subject that had broken into the vehicle, who was still in the parking lot. The subject is identified as Derik Edward Jones, 27, of Winston Salem, NC. Jones has also lived in different parts of Georgia for the last year.

As officers approached Jones, he ran from the officers across the parking lot towards TJ Maxx and Bealls Outlet. When Jones and officers got in front of Bealls Outlet, several shots were fired by Jones and three officers. During the exchange of gunfire, Jones was struck. He was transported to Navicent Health in Macon, where he is being treated for his injuries. The firearm used by Jones has been identified as a firearm stolen out of a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Charges on Jones are pending by the GBI.

No officers were injured during this incident. The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Upon completion, it will be turned over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for review.