GBI called in to investigate officer involved shooting on Kingston Highway

GBI called in to investigate officer involved shooting on Kingston Highway

The Metro Task Force and SWAT team were serving a warrant at 1933 Kingston Highway when they were met by gunfire on Thursday at 6:30 a.m. Police returned fire and one person was shot.

The officer who shot a man after he reportedly barricaded himself in a Kingston Highway home and fired at police has been identified as a five year veteran of the Floyd County Police Department.

According to Floyd County police:

Carlos Ribot, 31, was serving a search warrant with the SWAT team at 1933 Kingston Highway on early Thursday morning when 43-year-old Michael Lee Spears  began shooting at police. Ribot returned fire and shot Spears.

Members of the SWAT team were able to give first aid and stabilize Spears until EMS could arrive and transport him to the hospital. No officers were injured during the shooting incident.

Spears was released from the hospital and booked in to the Floyd County Jail on Friday on seven counts of aggravated assault on an officer and charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held without bond on Friday afternoon. 

Floyd County police Sgt. Chris Fincher said Spears is a known gang member who was subject of a search warrant by the drug unit.

Ribot was placed on administrative leave pending investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI was called in to conduct an independent investigation, which will be provided to the Floyd County District Attorney’s Office for review once completed.

In addition, an internal Floyd County Police Department review will be conducted to determine if training or policy violations exists, however this type of internal examination is common with incidents of this nature, Fincher said. 

A Rome woman who was present at the time of the incident was also arrested. According to Floyd County Jail reports, Amanda Jean Nails, 34, of 1933 Kingston Ave., was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon after the firearm was found inside her home Thursday morning.

Previously posted:

The Floyd County Police Department has contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist with investigation of an officer-involved shooting on Kingston Highway.

According to Floyd County police Sgt. Chris Fincher:

Officers with the multi-agency Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force and SWAT team were serving a search warrant at 1933 Kingston Highway around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. According to a GBI press release Michael Lee Spears, 44, had the residence barricaded and once officers made entry, Spears opened fire. Police returned fire and struck Spears.

Michael Lee Spears

Michael Lee Spears

Police described Spears as a “known gang member” and the injuries were non-life threatening. Members of the SWAT

team rendered first aid and were able to stabilize him prior to EMS arrival. No officers were injured in the incident.

The officer involved in the incident is a Floyd County officer assigned to the SWAT team. Neither the police nor the GBI have released his identity as of Thursday afternoon.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be provided to the Floyd County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Spears was recently released from Phillips State Prison in Gwinnett County after serving a two-year sentence on a 2017 incident where he fled from police on a motorcycle on Old Summerville Road. He also served other short stints in prison on possession of methamphetamine charges dating back to 2004, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

A Rome woman who was present at the time of the incident was also arrested. According to Floyd County Jail reports, Amanda Jean Nails, 34, of 1933 Kingston Ave., was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon after the firearm was found inside her home Thursday morning.

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