Statement by Mayor Kay Pippin, Mayor, City of Jackson, Ga
Re: Shooting in Downtown Jackson on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Today’s shooting in Downtown Jackson is unsettling to say the very least, but thanks to the quick response by Chief James Morgan and Jackson Police Department, and the assistance of Sheriff Gary Long and his staff, the suspects are quickly being apprehended. Within 30 minutes of the shooting, the Jackson Police Department located one of the suspects in a Jeep Cherokee at an apartment complex on Brownlee Road. That suspect is now in the hospital in Macon recovering from a gunshot wound. The hospital’s COVID 19 protocols must be respected during this process, but that suspect will be apprehended as quickly as the hospital allows law enforcement access to him. A second suspect, who was traveling in a pick-up truck during the event, turned himself in to the Jackson Police Department tonight following an investigation and contacts made by police department investigators. That suspect is now in custody. A third suspect, whose identity and possible whereabouts have been identified, is now being sought by the Jackson Police Department, the Butts County Sheriff, and a U.S. Marshall. Anyone knowing of his location is urged to contact Chief James Morgan @ 404-217-9242 immediately. Thus far the identified suspects are all 26 to 31 year old males, who live in the Cities of Jackson and Flovilla, and all are well known in our community.
On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Jackson, I wish to thank Chief James Morgan and the Jackson Police Department, and Sheriff Gary Long and his deputies for their rapid response and skillful handling of this event. Like all other crimes committed in the City of Jackson, this event will be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice based on hard evidence and facts.
While this event is terribly unsettling, it should be no more, nor no less, unsettling than had it happened in any of our city’s neighborhoods. I wish to assure everyone that the City of Jackson will not tolerate crimes of any nature in any location in our city. I also want to remind everyone that when it comes to crime, just like with the COVID 19 crisis, We are all in this together. When you see something…say something. Help law enforcement officers help you! Do the right thing… report crimes, identify perpetrators, help us locate those who break the law – don’t protect criminals. By working together, our city police and county sheriff’s staff working in partnership with a strong, united community can and will remove all crime from our city. It’s your city….help us preserve those things we all love about Jackson.