Cop Killer Suspect Caught in Canada
Feb. 04, 1999
ATLANTA (AP) _ The man wanted for gunning down a Georgia policeman who had stopped him on Interstate 20 was caught Thursday in Canada after more than two weeks on the lam.
Jeffrey McGee of Schenectady, N.Y., was captured in Toronto by the Toronto Metro Fugitive Squad, FBI spokesman Jay Spadafore said. He couldn't provide any details of the capture.
McGee, 32, is charged with murder in the death of Villa Rica Police Capt. Robbie Bishop.
Bishop, 35, was shot in the head Jan. 20 after stopping a vehicle on Interstate 20 in west Georgia. A copy of a warning ticket written to McGee was in Bishop's ticket book.
McGee is believed to have boarded a flight to Los Angeles in Birmingham, Ala., the day of the slaying. The plane made a stop in Houston, but investigators said they were unsure where McGee was headed.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that McGee called his mother last week at her home in Schenectady.
``I asked him what happened, and he said, `Ma, does it really make a difference what I got to say? They already got me convicted and hung,' or words to that effect,'' Vera McGee Lewis told the newspaper.
A $55,000 reward had been posted for information leading to McGee's capture and conviction.
Bishop hauled in a fortune in drug money and illegal drugs from drivers along Georgia interstates during a 12-year career. He also traveled to other states to teach his techniques to other police departments.
``We're all just happy'' that McGee has been caught, said Robin Oehler, a secretary for the Villa Rica Police Department.