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Authorities charge man after south Georgia shooting, chase

July 27, 2020 GMT

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with crimes including aggravated assault following a police chase in south Georgia last week.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports William “Billy” Welland has also been charged with two counts of home invasion, two counts of theft by taking, burglary, aggravated animal cruelty and possession of a firearm while committing a crime, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities have said the 37-year-old Welland was on the run in a stolen Audi that he crashed in Lanier County on Wednesday. Welland broke into a Lanier County house and shot a resident while stealing a minvan, authorities said, and then grazed a Lanier County deputy when he was cornered near Lakeland and tried to shoot it out. Welland himself was shot multiple times by deputies and hospitalized.

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Police in Tampa, Florida, said Welland is wanted there in connection with a Tuesday killing in which a body was found at an auto shop. He was on probation in Florida on charges of robbery with a gun or deadly weapon, Florida prison records show.