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Bibb deputy, driver exchange gunfire on Coliseum Drive and Emery Highway

Investigators are no longer on the scene and Coliseum Drive and Emery Highway are now clear.

MACON, Ga. — A routine traffic stop in Macon turned into a shootout between a deputy and a suspect on Wednesday night, according to a release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. 

Just before 5 p.m., deputies attempted to pull the car over for a traffic stop. After a short chase,  31-year-old Dale Watson crashed his car at the intersection of Coliseum Drive and Emery Highway. 

Watson exited the vehicle and fired shots at deputies, who then returned fire. Watson fled from the crash site but was captured quickly, according to a release from the GBI. 

No one was injured in the exchange of gunfire, but the man was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained while resisting arrest. He was then transported to the Bibb County Jail, where he faces multiple charges. 

The investigation was turned over to the GBI to investigate. Once complete, the case will be given to the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review. 

This is the 89th officer-involved shooting that the GBI has investigated in 2022.


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