U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant


The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder.

The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville.

Murgado Jr. was being sought for the July 16 murder of James Knight.

Authorities say that upon entering the residence, a United States Marshals Task Force officer was shot and wounded.

In turn, officers returned fire, and Murgado Jr. sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The Task Force officer and Murgado Jr. were treated at the scene before being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with non-life-threatening injuries.

The GBI investigation is active and ongoing. Once the investigation is completed, the case file will be given to the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Anyone with information about this investigation may contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s regional investigative office in Columbus at 706.565.7888. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 800.597.TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

This is 70th officer involved shooting that the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2022.

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