Body cam footage released in fatal Thomasville deputy-involved shooting

Posted at 3:07 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 23:11:41-04

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Body camera footage of a fatal deputy-involved shooting in Thomasville has now been released.

Herbert Gilbert Jr., 37, was shot and killed last August while Thomas County Drug Agents attempted to serve a search warrant at his home.

The shooting set off several days of protests in Thomas County.

Last week, a grand jury ruled this shooting was justified and now we have the footage showing what led to a drug agent firing those fatal shots.

The video shows Thomas County Drug Agents arriving at a home on Magnolia Street.

One agent announces he has a search warrant.

After deputies search the home, they learn Gilbert is outside in an SUV.

A drug agent attempts to stop Gilbert from leaving the property with his own truck, but Gilbert hits the truck trying to drive away. The drug agent then accelerates.

The truck pushes Gilbert's SUV into a neighboring yard where multiple deputies demand he get out of the car.

The SUV began to move and that's when Deputy Josh Smith fires multiple rounds into the windshield.

He fired seven rounds into the windshield and an eighth-round into the passenger window.

An autopsy revealed Gilbert was struck nine times.

Gilbert was found with marijuana and $883 in his pocket and a set of scales in his vehicle.

Body cam footage also showed first responders performing CPR on Gilbert and a chaotic scene with family members and neighbors arriving.

The case could go to a civil trial.

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