GBI Investigates Friday Night Shooting Involving a Suspect and Bleckley County Deputy
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) verifies on Monday that the suspect in the deadly shooting involving Bleckley County Sheriff Deputies did have a gun.
GBI investigators went door to door in the Cochran neighborhood where Rasheen Wright, 31, was shot on Friday night and died. The sheriff’s office said two deputies were attempting to handcuff Wright on charges of possessing stolen goods when a fight ensued. An officer tased Wright and when the charge ran out, Wright pulled a gun and pointed it at a deputy. The other officer then shot Wright one time. Neighbors who claim they saw the incident say Wright was unarmed but GBI investigator, Todd Lowery said they found a weapon and it does not belong to the deputies.
“It's a small caliber handgun,” Lowery said. “It was there from the moment we got there, so the information that we got from the witnesses who were there and from the officers say that during the struggle he came out with a gun and one of the officers fired a shot.”
The GBI came into the neighborhood to ask any eyewitnesses about that night's events in order to piece together the investigation. However, some people who watched what happen are now also questioning, why the Sheriff's deputies came out instead of the Cochran Police e Department.
"It just seems kind of strange that the Sheriff Department came over instead of the Cochran Police Department," resident Diondre Brumdage said.
However, Bleckley County Sheriff, Harold Lancaster, said his deputies have the right to investigate cases in the city without notifying the police.
"The sheriff's office has jurisdiction in the county as well as the city."
The night deputies came to arrest Wright on a charge of possessing stolen property wasn’t law enforcements first encounter with him.
“Previous drug charges, there might have been some other instances involving shootings and those kinds of things with weapons."
For now the investigation will continue and Lancaster said he stands behind his men who are currently on administrative leave pending the investigation.
"My guys will be totally exonerated and I stand behind them 100 percent,” Lancaster said.
An autopsy on Wright was performed on Monday and Lowery said it will be several weeks before the GBI complete their investigation.