GBI: Atlanta officers fired shots at suspect who rammed patrol car

GBI: Atlanta officers fired shots at suspect who rammed patrol car

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Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Atlanta.
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  • The shooting occurred in southeast Atlanta. 
  • Authorities said the man was in a stolen car, led police on a chase and rammed a patrol car. 
  • The suspect is in stable condition. 

Atlanta police shot a man after he rammed into a patrol car with a stolen truck, GBI officials said Thursday. 

The suspect, Donnie Eugene Daniels, 38, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. 

The shooting occurred in the area of South River Industrial Boulevard and Forrest Park Road in southeast Atlanta, Officer Stephanie Brown said. 

“At this time, it appears that no officers have been injured,” Brown confirmed. 

Miles said Daniels was shot multiple times by at least three officers. 

About 3:20 p.m., an Atlanta police officer spotted Daniels in the stolen car and attempted a traffic stop, but the car drove off, Miles said. 

“The officer discontinued the pursuit for safety reasons,” she said. 

A short time later,  Atlanta officers tried to stop Daniels again. Authorities say Daniels led police on a chase, hitting a patrol car. 

He eventually wrecked the stolen truck, officials said, and repeatedly rammed it into another patrol car. 

Officers opened fire at that point, Miles said. 

A blue truck with a shattered driver’s-side window wrecked at a guard rail near the crime scene, according to Channel 2. Their names have not been released. 

The GBI has investigated 10 officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year, Miles said. Last year, the agency investigated 95 such incidents. 

The Atlanta officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, Channel 2 reported. 

This is the second time in a week that Atlanta police have been involved in an officer-involved shooting. 

On Friday, police shot and killed a robbery suspect who was holding a BB air gun pistol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Authorities said the man used the gun to rob an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on Cleveland Road, attempted to carjack a taxi and threatened police.

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