Gunshots bring end to I-20 standoff

At 10:42 p.m., a large explosion was heard coming from the bridge, followed by gunshots. Minutes later, an ambulance arrived accompanied by a Georgia State Patrol cruiser.

An unidentified man was shot and killed late Sunday after pointing a gun at police following a 4-hour standoff that rerouted I-20 traffic near Grovetown.

Columbia County authorities did not name him this morning, but said he was a 58-year-old white male from Sullivan, Ill.

The interstate was reopened on both sides, but there was no immediate word from authorities on what had occurred. What appeared to be a body was visible on an embankment near the top of the Chamblin Road overpass, with a spotlight from an ambulance shining on it.

Columbia County dispatch received a call about the suicide threat at 6:23 p.m., and police shut down both sides of the interstate from exits 183 to 193. The man was under the Cham­blin Road overpass, and that bridge was also closed.

At 10:42 p.m., after hours of no reports from authorities, a large explosion was heard coming from the bridge, followed by gunshots. Minutes later, an ambulance arrived accompanied by a Georgia State Patrol cruiser.

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