Columbus man receives maximum penalty for stolen weapons

COLUMBUS, Georgia (WTVM) – A Columbus man has received the maximum sentence in a case involving stolen weapons.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says 26-year-old Brian Doswell nearly ran over cops and led them on a chase before he hit a tree with his car.

“I am delighted that this case has been successfully prosecuted and very much appreciate the dedicated work of our officials and the ATF. We will continue our partnership as we work to make Columbus a safe place, ”said Chief Freddie Blackmon of the Columbus Police Department.

According to court documents, Columbus Police Department (CPD) officers were patrolling the River Road area. and 50th St. in Columbus on Aug. 11, 2020 when they watched a vehicle driven by Doswell make a wrong left turn. Officials knew that Doswell had fled police the day before and was involved in drug trafficking. Given the risk of flying, an officer activated the emergency lights and positioned his patrol car in front of the car that Doswell was driving to prevent Doswell from escaping.

As a result, other CPD officers approached the car. Doswell rolled up his window, drove his car forward and almost crashed into the officers, then backed up and crashed into the car behind him. He then fled and a chase ensued. A short time later Doswell lost control and crashed into a tree. Doswell was taken into custody. The officers discovered a 9mm pistol on the driver’s side floor and a clear bag containing suspected drugs, clearly visible. A search of the vehicle found a semi-automatic pistol in the armrest and a semi-automatic rifle in the back seat. In addition, quantities of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia including a digital scale and clear bags were found. Doswell knew the semi-automatic pistol in his possession had been stolen.

“The defendant put himself, police officers and bystanders at serious risk when he tried to escape law enforcement, despite the fact that he was a wanted person in possession of an illegal semi-automatic weapon,” said acting US Attorney Peter D Leary. “Our office, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, will continue to hold criminals accountable and do all we can to reduce incidents of violent crime and devastation in Columbus.”

“Project Safe Neighborhoods continues to be a cornerstone of ATF’s strategy to fight violent crime,” said John Schmidt, ATF’s deputy special envoy. “By working with local law enforcement agencies, we can remove violent criminals who disregard the law and support the brave law enforcement men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our community.”

The case is being pursued as part of the federal, state and local governments’ Safe Neighborhoods Program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s efforts to reduce violent crime.

The DOJ says this case has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Columbus Police Department.

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