New details released in I-20 standoff

Named released in I-20 incident


New details were released in a deadly standoff that shut down interstate 20 for more than four hours Sunday night.

The Columbia County Coroner confirmed Joseph Crist is the victim.

Columbia County Deputies say it all started when Crist was driving through the county and told his brother he wanted to kill himself. His brother alerted Georgia State Police and minutes later, Crist was found on I-20, under the overpass of Chamblin road.

Sheriff's office crisis negotiators tried to work with him, but he ended up raising his gun at them and deputies fired back, killing him.


Columbia County Dispatch has confirmed an armed man was attempting to commit suicide.

Dispatchers could not confirm his condition, but say the man has not been apprehended.

The situation has been resolved and roads have been cleared.


Traffic was backed up for miles Sunday night on Interstate 20 in Columbia County due to an incident.

Traffic was being re-routed. Police have not confirmed specifics on what caused the traffic delay.

We will update this story as soon as we get more details.