Swainsboro man takes life after police chase

A kidnapping suspect fired "repeatedly" at Swainsboro police this morning, then killed himself with his three children in the car, authorities say.

The incident started around 1 a.m. when Willie C. Scott Jr., 41, of Swainsboro abducted his child and two stepchildren, a news release states. Scott then reportedly called their mother and threatened to harm her and the kids.

Swainsboro police were searching for Scott when the children's mother dialed 911 about 20 minutes later and alerted them that Scott was at a house in the Oak Grove Community with the three children. Scott sped away as officers pulled up, then fired "repeatedly" at a police cruiser giving chase, the release states.

Cpl. Newton Meadows, who was driving the cruiser, was injured by flying glass but continued the pursuit. He did not fire back because of the three children in the car.

Scott finally came to a stop on Stanley Grove Road, where officers heard one last gun shot. Officers approached the car to find Scott dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the three children unharmed. All told, seven law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit; the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is now handling the case.

 

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