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A SWAT Team Located a Kidnapped Murder Suspect While Hunting for 4 Escaped Inmates in Georgia. Then, the Suspect Took His Own Life.

Georgia Murder Suspect Kills Self During Search for Jail Escapees
Source: Bibb County Sheriff's Office/MEGA

Christian Williams, 23, reportedly shot himself when deputies arrived at an apartment during a search for four escaped jail inmates, according to officials.

Oct. 26 2023, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A missing murder suspect in Georgia reportedly killed himself as officials approached him to ask questions about four inmates who escaped jail a week earlier.

Officials said the murder suspect, Christian Williams, 23, had been kidnapped in March, as Knewz.com reported.

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On Oct. 23, sheriff's deputies went to a home in Macon, a city about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta, after getting a tip that someone there had information about the fugitives.

Officials were reportedly greeted by gunfire through the closed apartment door when they announced themselves, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Soon afterward, another person in the apartment told officials that Williams had shot himself, the sheriff's office said. He was taken to the hospital where he reportedly died hours later.

Williams' girlfriend was arrested during the ordeal and charged with aiding or permitting another to escape lawful custody or confinement, according to local station 13WMAZ.

Williams had been charged with murder in the 2021 shooting death of a man at a local convenience store.

The night before he was scheduled to be in court, a security camera reportedly showed him being "attacked" by two other men on the front porch of his home. Officials like the district attorney, however, doubted that Williams was really kidnapped, calling the timing "suspicious," CBS News reported.

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Georgia Murder Suspect Kills Self During Search for Jail Escapees
Source: Bibb County Sheriff's Office

Marc Anderson, 25 (upper left); Chavis Stokes, 29 (upper right); Johnifer Barnwell, 39 (lower left); and Joey Fournier, 52 (bottom right) allegedly escaped the Bibb County jail on October 16.

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Authorities were still investigating Williams' involvement in the escape of the four inmates, who reportedly left the Bibb County Detention Center in Macon early on the morning of Oct.16.

The sheriff's office announced a $73,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Johnifer Barnwell, 37, convicted earlier this month on federal drug trafficking charges; Joey Fournier, 52, charged with murder; Chavis Stokes, 29, facing drug charges; and Marc Anderson, 25, jailed for aggravated assault.

In a Facebook post on Oct. 20, officials said they found a Dodge Challenger that the inmates used in their escape in the parking lot of a supermarket in Macon.

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The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office was working with the FBI and other federal agents to search for the escapees.

“Everyone from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners is focused on recapturing these fugitives," the sheriff's office said. "We ask that anyone having information about these wanted individuals to make the call and help us bring these escapees back to jail.”

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