Columbus, Ga. at about 2:00 P.M. officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Hilton Ave. from a residential burglar alarm.
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said during a police briefing that following a burglary call, officers responded to the scene and noticed a scooter, which was stolen from 18th Avenue, behind the home.
Officers were inside the residence clearing the building of intruders when Officer Joshua McQuien who was on the second floor of the residence was shot in the upper torso.
Columbus Police Chief R.T. Boren said one of the officers walked into an upstairs bedroom, right into the line of fire.
“He saw a flash of light, felt something hit him in his left upper left shoulder, realized or believed that he had been shot. He backed out of the bedroom,” said Chief Boren.
The chief said all three officers backed out of the home. The injured officer was transported to the hospital. The chief said the officer was shot in the left shoulder, fortunate his protective vest kept him safe.
“The bullet did not penetrate the skin however it has bruised him. He’s been treated and released at the hospital,” said Chief Boren. He said SWAT took up positions around the home when the suspect did not come out.
SWAT, Columbus Police, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, a law enforcement helicopter and the GBI were immediately on the scene and surrounded the home where the suspect was barricaded. Loud booms, which were flash-bang grenades deployed by SWAT says Mayor Tomlinson, were heard coming from the home as SWAT officers moved into the home shortly before 5 p.m.
After several hours, they detained the suspect, 34-year-old Daniel Crisp, around 6 p.m. and he is now in custody. Crisp is officially being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. He will make his first court appearance in recorder’s court Saturday morning at 8.
Officer Joshua McQuien was transported to Midtown Medical Center after being shot in the shoulder and is going to be OK. The bullet did not penetrate the officer’s bulletproof vest and he has since been released from the hospital.