Man flees checkpoint, shot by officers

Staff report

September 23, 2013

A Lanett, Ala., man in in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center after being shot while attempting to flee from West Point police.

West Point officers were conducting a safety checkpoint at 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ga. 18 and Interstate 85 when they say a white Oldsmobile Alero approached.

Officers made contact with the driver Marquezmon McCray, 26, who told officers he didn’t have a driver’s licence on him. At this point, officers observed a small amount of marijuana within the vehicle.

McCray was advised to place his vehicle in park and was asked to exit the vehicle. McCray refused and sped forward in his vehicle, striking a second officer at the vehicle check point. Officers feared for the safety of the officer who was struck by the vehicle, and all discharged their weapons towards McCray who was driving the vehicle. The officer who was struck by McCray’s vehicle received non-life threatening injuries.

McCray continued to flee from the officers, who pursued him into the West Point Housing Authority where he abandoned the vehicle. The unattended vehicle continued to roll until it struck an occupied residential building. McCray continued to flee on foot and concealed himself inside a residence located in the 1400 block of East 12th Street. At that point, the West Point Police Department communications center received information as to the location of McCray and was advised of him being injured.

Officers of the West Point Police Department, Lanett Police Department, LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Department located McCray inside the apartment. It was later determined that he suffered from a single gunshot wound. Officers requested medical assistance and rendered first aid to McCray until EMS arrived on scene. McCray was transported to West Georgia Medical Center for treatment and was later transferred to Atlanta Medical Center. He is listed as being in stable condition.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted to conduct an investigation due to the officer involved shooting, per departmental policy. The investigation also revealed McCray had an outstanding felony warrant through Chambers County Alabama for violation of probation for third degree burglary. Charges are pending for aggravated assault against a police officer, fugitive from justice, fleeing and attempting to elude, and possession of marijuana after Sunday’s incident. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave per departmental policy.