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Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:49pm

Police Shoot Armed Suspect On Highway

Updated: 4 years ago.
Authorities say a gunman has been hospitalized after being shot by police in Columbus. Officials say police responded to calls Monday afternoon about a shooter firing from a vehicle on the side of Interstate 185, and when officers arrived on the scene the suspect pointed the weapon in their direction. (photo courtesy of Ian Britton via free foto)

Authorities say a gunman is accused of opening fire on motorists as they traveled through Columbus on a Georgia interstate, but the motive is still unclear.

Police said officers responding to the scene cautiously approached a vehicle on the side of Interstate 185 Monday afternoon, but they couldn't tell if there was anyone inside. Police said the suspect had his seat reclined.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Wayne Smith said the officers spotted the suspect inside the vehicle when they got up close. Smith said he brandished a weapon, so officers shot him.

The suspect was taken to the Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of at least one gunshot wound to his shoulder. He was expected to survive.