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$10,000 reward issued for traffic stop shooter

CORDELE — 26 year-old Quotavious Cochran of Macon County was named as the wanted person in a shooting occurring early Monday morning.

Cochran, also known as “Tip” was initially pulled over by Cordele Police Officer Brian Lewis at 4 a.m. in regards to a traffic violation at the 1200 block of South 7th Street in front of Hands of Hope and Carter Burger’s around 4 a.m.

According to Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez the suspect exited the vehicle and without provocation started shooting.

Officer Lewis was not injured during the attack, however, his vehicle did sustain damage.

“We will not rest contently until this young man is held accountable for his actions,” Rodriguez said during a press conference.

Cochran currently has an outstanding warrant for Parole violation and now is currently wanted for aggravated assault on a police officer.

At 4 p.m. on Monday, the Cordele Police Department issued six additional warrants to Cochran’s initial Parole violation warrant. The warrants include: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Interference with Government Property, Firearm Discharged near Public Highway, Driving without a License, and Headlights Required.

Additional charges may be added according to a press release from CPD.

To aid in the search for Cochran, the National Police Defense Foundation posted a $10,000 reward in response to Rodriguez request for the reward. The reward is in the hope of obtaining public information leading to the arrest and conviction of Cochran.

NPDF Executive Director  Joseph Occhipinti said in a press release, “It is critical that we seek the help of that community to help bring to justice this perpetrator who saw fit to commit an armed assault on a dedicated law enforcement official”.

The Safe Cop program is a congressionally recognized law enforcement initiative of the National Police Defense Foundation that posts up to a $10,000 reward for public information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person who shoots at a law enforcement officer, anywhere in the United States.

Rodriguez encourages anyone with any information on the suspect to contact the Cordele Police Department.