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Marshals find fugitive dead of gunshot

Suspect died of apparent self-inflicted gunshot

COVINGTON — U.S. Marshals attempting to serve arrest warrants on a man in Covington found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday morning.

According to John Heinen with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force — which includes members of federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the Newton County Sheriff’s Office — went to an address in the Wellington Ridge apartment complex to serve Leandro Johnson multiple felony arrest warrants, including warrants for felony murder, armed robbery and other offenses.

“When they contacted an adult resident in the apartment, they learned the suspect was inside,” Heinen said. “When the officers went inside, they found the suspect deceased inside the residence.”

Heinen said that officers reported no shots were fired while they were at the apartment but that Johnson, 32, was found shot and a handgun was found at the scene.

Heinen said further information will be available pending autopsy results. An autopsy is to be performed Wednesday, he said.

Johnson was wanted in connection with an armed robbery on Oct. 11 at a Fayetteville restaurant that resulted in a shootout between the robbers and a restaurant employee.