Trooper arrested for murder in Screven Co. shooting denied bond

Crime & Safety

SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – A former Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper accused of murder has been denied bond.

A Screven County judge ruled Friday that it would be “inappropriate” to grant bond for Jacob Gordon Thompson.

The trooper chased 60-year-old Julian Lewis on Aug. 7 before shooting him in the head. Thompson was arrested a week later on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

He remains in custody at the Screven County Jail.

Previous story, posted on Aug. 14, below.

SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – A now-former Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper was arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault on Friday for an officer-involved shooting that occurred one week ago.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), requested by GSP to investigate, Jacob Thompson, 27, attempted to stop a car for a traffic-related offense on Stoney Pond Road in Screven County last Friday night.

Thompson initiated a Precision Intervention Technique (PIT) and the car came to a stop in the ditch. GBI says at some point, the trooper fired one round, hitting 60-year-old Julian Lewis.

Lewis was pronounced dead on the scene. An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab.

Additional details have not been released on the shooting.

A statement from the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which oversees GSP, says Thompson was fired due to his “negligence or inefficiency in performing assigned duties; or commission of a felony.” He had been with the department since July 2013.

Thompson will be booked into the Screven County Jail. GSP is conducting an internal investigation as GBI independently investigates.

Once completed, the GBI will turn the case over to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

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