GBI continue investigating Crawford County deputy involved shooting

ROBERTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is continuing its probe into what exactly happened during a deputy involved shooting.

The shooting happened Saturday at the Pleezin Foods convenience store in Crawford County.
The suspected gunman, 31 -year -old Rickey Eugene Smithey, was hit twice when he fired at three Crawford County deputies. Smithey hit one deputy.

Capt. Johnny Cleveland was hit with shrapnel from the gun fire in his neck, ribcage and shoulder. The other two officers involved in the shooting, Lt. Keith Edwards and Deputy Delane Hill were not injured.

GBI investigators are now going over evidence of Crawford County sheriff’s cars damaged by bullet holes.

“I knew we had a fairly large scene, a lot of projectiles and shell casings and so forth would be out there,” said GBI Special Agent in Charge Jospeh T. Ricketson. “So, I rolled out with as many agents as I could get. I actually got an extra crime scene specialist from the Milledgeville office.”

Saturday’s shoot out with deputies is not Smithey’s first run in with the law. According to Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker, Smithey was arrested at the same convenience store on Tuesday, March 10.

In that case, Walker said Smithey was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, after approaching a motorist who had broken own at the Pleezin Foods Store on Georgia Hwy 80 in Roberta.

Smithey was also arrested March 15, 2014 and charged with public drunnkeness, added Walker.

Ricketson said the GBI will be back at the Crawford County convenience store Wednesday to continue its investigation.

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