Traf­fic stop ends in driver’s sui­cide

Jasper County chase ends in New­ton

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

A Mon­ti­cello res­i­dent re­port­edly shot and killed him­self Wed­nes­day night af­ter he was pulled over by a Jasper County Sher­iff’s deputy in New­ton County.

David Kiker, 40, re­port­edly shot him­self with a high-pow­ered ri­fle which caused ex­ten­sive dam­age, said GBI Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fi­cer John Bankhead.

The Jasper County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was called by Kiker’s wife ear­lier in the evening for a do­mes­tic dis­pute and deputies were told to be on the lookout for Kiker. Later that night a JCSO deputy iden­ti­fied Kiker’s truck trav­el­ing down Ga. High­way 142 at ap­prox­i­mately 45 miles per hour. The deputy re­port­edly at­tempted to ini­ti­ate a traf­fic stop, but Kiker con­tin­ued driv­ing. The JCSO deputy con­tin­ued to fol­low the sus­pect into New­ton County, Bankhead said, where Kiker pulled the truck over near New­born Fer­til­izer Com­pany.

The JCSO deputy ex­ited his ve­hi­cle to approach Kiker’s truck when he heard a loud boom. The deputy then reen­tered his pa­trol cruiser and called for back up.

Kiker’s truck then be­gan to roll down­hill be­fore smash­ing into a post and com­ing to a com­plete stop. Deputies were then able to en­ter the truck where they found Kiker dead of an ap­par­ent self­in­flected gun­shot wound to the head. The ri­fle was also lo­cated be­side Kiker.

Bankhead said the case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the GBI, which is com­mon for such cases in New­ton and Jasper coun­ties.

“We’ll do a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Bankhead said, which will in­clude pos­si­ble drug or al­co­hol use by Kiker as well as his crim­i­nal his­tory.

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