Investigators confirm that Travis Berrian had a concealed handgun when he walked into the Augusta Probation Office on Monday. However, investigators still don't know if his gun fired the shots.
Berrian has been connected to several criminal cases here in Augusta. In fact, he was questioned in the murders of two women back in 2010, but he was never charged. A look into his background revealed that he was on the verge of being arrested for a murder in Statesboro until a bullet stopped him.
Travis Berrian has walked into the Augusta Probation Office many times, but on Monday, he would never walk out again. Investigators say he has been arrested many times since 2003...the most recent happened in 2009 when he was charged with aggravated assault.
Earlier this month, a murder warrant was issued for his arrest after a popular minister, Michael Riley, was shot to death inside his Statesboro, Georgia home.
Statesboro police won't go into details of the crime, however, they say the shooting was gang affiliated.
The minister's wife, daughter and two others have been arrested and charged with murder. Still, their last suspect, Travis Berrian, was on the loose. They contacted the Augusta Probation Office to make an arrest. Berrian was called to this office where he would be arrested, however, something went wrong.
A probation officer ended up shot and Berrian ended up dead. Now, investigators are left piecing together why a suspect walked in alive, but, left dead.
Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens released a statement saying, "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."
An autopsy will be conducted on Berrian on Wednesday morning. Investigators say they'll release more details about the shootings once the autopsy is complete.
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