In Baldwin County, Georgia, a grand jury has ruled unanimously that police officers were justified in using lethal force in an October encounter that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Sanders Surber of Martinsville last October.
The incident began with a report of two suspicious men looking into vehicles at a Walmart on the afternoon of Oct. 27. Officers detained 27-year-old Jesse Harris of Martinsville at the scene; Surber fled in a vehicle. After wrecking the car, Surber fled into a neighborhood and broke into a home where a woman was babysitting three young children. Officials said he threatened the babysitter with a gun to get her keys and then fled in her car. He was again spotted by officers and eventually wrecked that car as well. After the second wreck Surber emerged from the car armed with a shotgun, and two officers opened fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surber later was found to have active warrants in Virginia for armed robbery and auto theft.