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Man being pursued by Columbus police jumps in river, drowns

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COLUMBUS, Georgia — Police say the body of a man who tried running from police has been pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Columbus.

Columbus police Capt. W.D. Turner tells the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus the man ran to the river when police tried arresting him Wednesday morning.

Major Julius Graham tells WTVM-TV that an officer tried pulling the man from the water after he jumped in but the current was too strong.

County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the man as 19-year-old Amere Ryshod Powell.

Lt. Greg Touchberry says the man was wanted on warrants in a March 10 burglary.

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