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DEVELOPING ON 6: Name Of Probation Officer Shot In Downtown Augusta Confirmed

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***UPDATED at 1:06 P.M. on Tuesday, July 22nd***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned the name of the probation officer who was shot at the Augusta Probation Office in downtown Augusta Monday afternoon.

The officer has been identified as Sherrill Latasha Warren. Her identity has been confirmed by the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC). According to officials, Warren is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. We are told she is a 7-year veteran with the Georgia (DOC). Warren is a 7-year veteran with the Department of Corrections.

Commissioner Brian Owens expressed his gratitude for the quick response from the local law enforcement community. "Our law enforcement partners have been a source of great support, both during and after the incident, and our appreciation for their actions goes beyond words."

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***UPDATED at 12:45 P.M. on Tuesday, July 22nd***

According to the GBI, the probationer who was shot and killed at the Augusta Probation Office Monday afternoon in downtown Augusta, Travis Berrian, was wanted on an active murder warrant out of Statesboro, Georgia. The murder occurred on June 30th.

Michael Anthony Riley was found shot to death in his Statesboro home.  His wife and three other people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death.  Berrian was the fourth person being sought in connection with the case.  He was called to the Augusta Probation Office, where he was expected to be arrested where he was expected to be arrested Monday.

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***POSTED at 12:11 A.M. on Tuesday, July 22nd***

A probation officer is recovering and a man who was on probation is dead after a shooting in downtown Augusta. Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten has identified the man as 29-year-old Travis Berrian, of North Augusta.

Just after 4:30pm, dozens of Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene of the shooting at the Augusta Probation Office on Greene Street.

"My daughter called me around 5 o'clock and said that they had breaking news about a shooting down here. She immediately called me because we know a person who works here. And we were not sure if it was her or not," says Julia Johnson, of Augusta.

Because the shooting took place on state property, the GBI was called in to conduct the investigation.

"What I can tell you at this point is that there was a probationer who had been called into the office. That probationer had active warrants on him. The probation office was in the process of taking him into custody. When they began taking him into custody, a struggled ensued and during that struggle shots were fired," says GBI Special Agent In Charge Patrick Morgan.

Investigators say the man on probation and a female probation officer were shot during the struggle. They say the man died and that the probation officer is recovering at Georgia Regents Medical Center. Investigators couldn't comment on who the shooter was, but they say more details should be released on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Johnson says she just wants to know that her friend is okay. "My emotions are like a roller coaster right now. I just keep trying to call her cell phone just hoping that she answers. And she hasn't yet," she says.

Investigators haven't released the name of the probation officer yet. An autopsy on Berrian is scheduled for Wednesday.

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