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March 23, 2011

Suspect found dead

Suspected burglar's body discovered in woods

THOMASVILLE — An episode that began with a residential burglary Wednesday afternoon ended less than two hours later when the suspect was found dead in woods off Remington Avenue.

On Wednesday night, police identified the man as Daniel McGee, 20, 127 Lake Eagle Drive.

McGee lived near where his body was found.

“The family’s been notified,” Lt. Steve Belvin, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander, said at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A man fitting McGee’s description reportedly burglarized a house on Lakeview Drive about 1:50 p.m. A neighbor pursued the suspect on foot and notified police.

McGee’s body was located by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter about 3:30 p.m. in woods behind Wildwood Apartments in the 200 block of Covington Avenue.

Belvin said he heard a shot at the rear of the apartment complex.

“I personally heard one (shot),” the commander said. “I don’t know how many there were.”

McGee suffered a gunshot wound. A firearm was found at the scene.

“All the shots took place in the area where he was barricaded,” Belvin explained.

Belvin said a firearm taken in a Tuesday burglary is similar to the one found at the Wednesday death scene.

Before McGee was identified, Belvin said that if the deceased man was who police thought it was, he has been charged with burglary in the past.

“His latest arrest and booking was in February,” Belvin said after the body was identified.

The body was found lying partially in a creek about 2,000 yards off Remington.

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team responded, along with the police canine unit. A perimeter was established around the wooded area.

People were not allowed to leave or enter Wildwood and another Covington Avenue apartment complex or a day-care center and assisted-living facility on Covington.

Thomasville High School students who did not have vehicles at the school were not allowed outside the building at the end of the school day. Those who had transportation were instructed to get into their vehicles and leave the campus.

“He fled from Lakeview to the area of the YMCA off Remington,” Lt. Eric Hampton, TPD public information officer, said.

Hampton said the GSP helicopter spotted McGee’s body quickly.

The crime scene was turned over to the Thomasville regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“They’re leading the investigation,” Belvin said early Wednesday night.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.

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