Macon-Bibb District Attorney David Cooke announced Monday that the officers involved in last week's fatal officer-involved shooting in Lizella acted in 'self-defense.'
He recounted the series of events that led up to the shooting, based on evidence and in speaking with GBI agents.
He says four members of the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force went to a house on Fulton Mill Road on Dec. 11 to arrest Robert Williams. When they arrived, they found Williams and Kaley Gay on a covered porch.
Williams surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.
After several verbal commands from Georgia Department of Community Supervision officer Trent Swicord, Gay came forward with her hands in her jacket pockets. Cooke then said Gay gave officers a false name.
A member of the task force, Jones County deputy Gerry Nelson, recognized her and realized she had an active warrant. He then reached for her arm, but she put her hands back in her pockets, said Cooke.
Bibb deputy Bruce Jordan placed Gay face down on the kitchen floor, but her hands were tucked under her. She then fired a shot from a gun she had underneath her.
Cooke says Swicord and Jordan pulled their guns and when Jordan heard the sound of her messing with a slide action, he fired at her twice. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died.
Cooke ended by saying, "In this case, it's clear that these officers feared for their lives and acted in self-defense as allowed by the law."
The GBI investigation into the shooting is ongoing and Cooke's office will examine it again once it is complete.