Man wanted for murder shoots at officers at Perry hotel, no one injured

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PERRY, Georgia (41NB/WMGT) – A standoff between officers and a man wanted for shooting two people, killing one, occurred at the Scottish Inn Sunday morning.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Special Agent in Charge, J.T. Ricketson, says the incident started in Cordele Saturday morning around 8 a.m when a shooting broke out. Ricketson says the GBI assisted in the search for a man who shot two people in Cordele.

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The search for the man, now identified as 39 year-old James L. Smith, continued up until early Sunday morning when officers got word that he was staying at the Scottish Inn in Perry. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office and Perry Police Department assisted in arresting Smith.

Around 5 a.m., officers surrounded the hotel and tried to go into his hotel room. Ricketson says that’s when Smith began to shoot at officers. The stand-off lasted about 8-10 minutes. Ricketson says no officers were hurt, but the bullets did hit their ballistic shields.

Smith was taken into custody around 5:30 a.m. He was taken in for the arrest warrant in connection to shooting Saturday morning, but Ricketson says more charges are pending following the standoff with officers.



The GBI is still on scene collecting evidence and conducting interviews.

The other person shot in Cordele is in critical condition.

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