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GBI: Man randomly shot victim in Bainbridge before deadly officer-involved shooting

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Posted at 7:11 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 17:44:09-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — New details are being released about a murder turned deadly officer-involved shooting in Bainbridge.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, agents were called to the area of Fourth and Church streets around 1:17 p.m. Saturday.

When Bainbridge police officers arrived, they found 47-year-old Henry Isaac Jones holding a sawed-off shotgun and standing over a dead man in the street.

Agents told Jones to drop the gun and move away from the victim's body, but he refused and pointed his gun at officers. Two Bainbridge officers then fired rifles at Jones, killing him.

According to witnesses, Jones had attacked the victim, 57-year-old Stuffon Sanders unprovoked.

They say Sanders was walking along the street with a fishing pole in his hands when Jones passed by him and shot him. Witnesses told the GBI Jones shot Sanders a second time after he fell to the ground.

The GBI says officers tried to get Jones to move away from Sanders, because they knew he was badly injured and wanted to get him medical treatment.

Autopsies on both men are being conducted at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon, Georgia.

After the final results are obtained, a complete case file on the murder and officer involved shooting will be provided to DA Joe Mulholland for his review.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information on either case is asked and encouraged to call the GBI at 229-225-4090.