According to Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch, Kelly Bowen address unknown, was shot and later died at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah after he led officers on a high speed chase through three counties ending in a crash and shootout in Bulloch County.
Eyewitness Account of the Chase
During the chase Grice Connect received multiple messages from Grice Connect followers to give us details as they saw the events unfold. One of these was a lady, who wishes not to be identified, in which her family were traveling back after a weekend at Tybee Island to their home in Augusta.
In this video you can hear the gunshots and the sirens of officers responding to help. Her husband and three children were in her car that almost came in contact with Bowen’s vehicle when troopers forced him off the road.
His car crossed the median and entered into their lane of traffic and then off the road where it crashed.
Here is her account:
Began with an Abduction in Reidsville
According to a press release from the GBI, At approximately 11:08 a.m Sunday, March 14, 2021., the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office and the Reidsville Police Department were dispatched to Rabun Avenue in Reidsville, Georgia in reference to a home invasion and kidnapping at gunpoint.
The family of the hostage pursued the male kidnapper and victim by vehicle until law enforcement intercepted the pursuit in Collins, Georgia.
Shots were fired by the kidnapper at the hostage’s family during the initial pursuit. The man fired at a Georgia State Patrol Trooper on I-16 in Candler County, grazing the trooper in the head. The man also attempted to ram multiple officers during the multi-county high speed chase.
During the pursuit, the PIT maneuver was attempted multiple times, with success ending the pursuit on the side of I-16 in Bulloch County. Once the vehicle was stopped, the man removed the hostage from the vehicle at gunpoint and then crossed a fence along the edge of I-16, entering the backyard of a residence.
The hostage was able to get free from the kidnapper, who was then shot by multiple law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions: Georgia State Patrol, Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, Reidsville Police Department, Evans County Sheriff’s Office, Candler County Sheriff’s Office, and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office.
He was flown to Memorial Health University Hospital in Savannah where he died. During the shooting, a nearby residence was struck by gunfire and an occupant suffered from a minor injury that did not require medical attention. The hostage was physically uninjured.
The man will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Pooler for autopsy. The man has been identified by Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch as Kelly Bowen, address unknown at this time.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.