Bainbridge police chief: stolen car NOT connected to Lagrange murders

There was some speculation that the person who stole the Bainbridge Public Safety patrol car on Sunday night might be 26-year-old Thomas Jesse Lee, who is a suspect in five shooting deaths in Lagrange, Ga.

Lagrange is about 170 miles north of Bainbridge in West Georgia, and it’s true that you can travel U.S. Highway 27 between the two cities.

However, Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller said he was “100 percent positive” that the two cases are NOT connected.

BPS Director Miller said investigators are working on some leads but had no details to share as of noon Monday.

Manhunt underway for suspect in Lagrange deaths

Thomas Jesse Lee, 26, of Troup County, Ga.
Thomas Jesse Lee, 26, of Troup County, Ga.

Again, Bainbridge police are saying they are sure the Lagrange murder suspect is NOT who stole the patrol car from the parking lot of the Bainbridge Wal-Mart on Sunday night.

However, the information on the murder suspect is posted below.

Thomas Jesse Lee, 26, is considered a suspect in the murders and warrants have been issued for his arrest, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. Lee is married to one of the victims and was living at the home where the bodies were found late Saturday, according to media reports. Lee may be driving an olive green Mazda Tribute with Georgia license plate BRN0785.

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