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Coroner releases autopsy results in officer involved shooting

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Alrahiem Tolbert (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail) Alrahiem Tolbert (Source: Muscogee Co. Jail)

By Sara Belsole, Matt Lally, Stefanie Tiso

Columbus - The coroner is releasing autopsy results for the two men killed in Tuesday's officer involved shooting, near the school district building on Macon Road.

According to Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower, 35-year-old Tony Carr and 31-year-old Alrahiem Tolbert were the two shot and killed on Tuesday. Tolbert was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:13 p.m. The coroner said he suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Carr was taken to the Medical Center with a gun shot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at 12:37 p.m.

Tony Carr was a civilian employee at Fort Benning's Directorate of Emergency services. The truck that crashed at the scene was assigned to the Fort Benning Fire Department. Fort Benning officials said it was signed out under his name. Carr was driving the vehicle during the pursuit. Officials said his involvement in the robbery is still under investigation.

"We're looking at what his involvement in this was, what his relationship was with the other party, Mr. Tolbert," Special Agent Rodney Wall with the GBI said.

Officials said Alrahiem Tolbert has a history of crime in Muscogee County. He served time in the Muscogee County Jail for a robbery in 2008.

Police Chief Ricky Boren said in a press conference around 12:20 on Tuesday, that as Officer Vincent Lockhart, Jr. was entering the MEA Credit Union on Macon Road around 11:30 Tuesday morning, he saw a masked man run out. Lockhart followed the man to a pickup truck with a federal license plate, that was parked in a driveway on Gardenia Street, where Boren said another man was sitting in the vehicle.

"The officer gave pursuit. As he got around to Gardenia Street, he observed a dark vehicle, observed the suspect get in a dark vehicle. The officer attempted to stop that vehicle. When it did, the officer was out of the car, had his weapon on the vehicle demanding them to get out, turning the vehicle off. The vehicle then was put in reverse, attempted to run over the officer," Boren explained.

Boren said the driver of the truck attempted to get away and the officer fired multiple shots. The pickup fishtailed and then crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Gardenia Street and Briarwood Avenue.

Lockhart was not injured. Boren did said the he is one of the 100 officers hired with money from the Local Option Sales Tax in 2008.

Schools in the area were put on lock down after the incident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, because it was an officer involved shooting. The FBI and Columbus Police Department are investigating the bank robbery separately.

"Investigations like this we don't put a timeline on those because we try to look at all the facts follow up all the leads and then what we'll do once we have completed our case file and stuff we will turn that over to the district attorney's office for their review," Wall said.

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