Troy Phillips and Brad Phillips have been charged with the following in the shooting of Decatur County Sheriff’s Officer Capt. Justin Bedwell: felony murder, aggravated assault of a Peace Officer, party to the crime of murder, attempted home invasion, aggravated assault – two counts for two occupants inside house they attempted to shoot their way into, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
On Saturday, February 27, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation GBI was requested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.
GBI preliminary information indicates that a Seminole County Sheriff Office deputy was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on two suspects, one later identified as Troy Arthur Phillips, driving in a white 2500 Chevrolet pickup truck with a Florida tag for reckless driving. The men refused to stop and a chase ensued. A second Seminole County Sheriff Office deputy joined the pursuit and the suspects began to fire a weapon from the truck in the direction of the Seminole County deputies. Seminole County Sheriff Deputy Garrett Wooten received non life threatening injuries from shots fired at the windshield of his patrol car.
The deputies continued the chase into Decatur County where Decatur County Sheriff deputies joined the pursuit. The suspects drove into the driveway of a Decatur County residence and attempted to gain entry by shooting through the door. The homeowner returned fire and the suspects left the residence.
As Decatur County Sheriff Officer Capt. Justin Bedwell was arriving in the area, one of the suspects shot at the officer’s vehicle, striking Bedwell.
Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin said the bullet went through Bedwell’s bullet proof vest and hit the side of his chest.
Capt. Bedwell was taken immediately to a Tallahassee hospital for treatment and surgery.
After shooting Bedwell, the brothers continued driving and eventually lost control on Nalls Road.
A Georgia State Patrol helicopter and crew responded to the area of the wrecked truck. As the deputies and other agencies poured in, officers began to set up a perimeter around the woods, where the brothers wrecked their car, making sure neither Phillips brother would be able to get out. Officers witnessed Brad run north, while Troy ran west.
Georgia State Patrol utilized their FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) camera system on their helicopter and found Brad lying in an open field. GSP and Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) arrested Brad, while the Leon County helicopter and all other units continued to look for Troy.
Troy was finally found by the Lowndes County K9 unit.
This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation. Tips can also be submitted to the GBI by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.