Man killed during standoff with Decatur County Sheriff’s Office deputies

Published 10:14 am Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Friday around 1:14 p.m., the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office responded to 998 Yates Spring Road regarding a reported suicide threat.

Roger Braswell, 50, who resided at the location, had earlier made the threatening statement in a phone call to a former co-worker. Braswell was shot and injured during a standoff with the DCSO and died later at Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge.

Upon arrival, officers made attempts to deescalate the situation with Braswell through negotiation. Braswell declined all offers for assistance. During contact with Braswell, he made threatening statements to the officers which resulted in an arrest warrant being obtained for Terroristic Threats and Acts.

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During the standoff, officers established a perimeter behind the residence for observation and security of other houses in the vicinity. At approximately 5:25 P.M. Braswell exited the back door of his residence and began shooting at two of the officers. One officer returned fire. Once the shooting ended, Braswell retreated back inside his home.

Officers made entry into the house where Braswell was found with wounds to his right shoulder, left hip and left knee.  Medical personnel transported Braswell to Bainbridge Memorial Hospital where he later died from his wounds. An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office contacted the GBI office in Thomasville and requested an independent investigation into the shooting. Upon completion, the GBI case will be turned over to the South Georgia District Attorney’s Office for any action the District Attorney deems appropriate.

The two officers involved in the confrontation with Braswell have been reassigned to administrative duties per the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office policy.

This is a developing story, and more information will be released as it becomes available.