GUILTY VERDICT AGAINST MAN WHO OPENED FIRE ON STATE POLICE OFFICERS, INJURING ONE

State vs. Joseph Brian Gibbs

August 7, 2013

Atlanta– A Fulton County jury has just returned guilty verdicts against a Griffin man on trial for opening fire on two law enforcement officers. Joseph Brian Gibbs, 41, was convicted Wednesday afternoon of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and a firearm charge in connection with the 2010 shoot-out.

The incident happened on July 21, 2010 at the intersection of Edgewood Avenue and Hilliard Street near the State Capitol. Georgia State Patrol Sergeant Marvin Prince approached the defendant in an alley after responding to a stolen vehicle call. Georgia State Capitol Police Officer Mark Edge responded as back-up. As the officers closed in on the defendant he turned and opened fire. Both officers returned fire. Officer Edge was grazed in the head with a bullet during the exchange. Defendant Gibbs was shot three times and sustained injuries to the left side of his body in the stomach, shoulder and wrist.

Gibbs will be sentenced on August 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney who presided over the case. Gibbs faces a maximum of 125 years in prison for his crimes.

The case was prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Sheila Ross with assistance from Senior ADA Ramona Toole and DA Investigator Lynell Freligh. DA Investigator Benjie Fennell, head of the Public Integrity Investigation Unit, led the initial investigation while employed as a GBI investigator.

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