A driver who allegedly struck numerous vehicles was shot and killed Wednesday after trying to hit a police officer near Perimeter Mall, according to Dunwoody police. No one else was injured, but the string of incidents forced investigators to close a busy roadway for several hours.
Police on Thursday identified the dead man as Bradley Almy, 34, of Marietta.
It began around 6:20 p.m. when officers spotted a vehicle driving erratically in the parking lot of the Dunwoody Police Department, off Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Officer Tim Fecht told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it then drove through the Exxon gas station parking lot, Fecht said.
“He struck multiple vehicles without any regard for pedestrians,” Fecht said.
From there, the driver made a left turn onto Ashford-Dunwoody before making a U-turn, driving southbound, according to police. But the hit-and-runs weren’t over, Fecht said.
“Near the McDonald’s, the suspect’s vehicle began to strike multiple vehicles in the roadway,” Fecht said.
Two officers on foot who were directing traffic attempted to stop the vehicle. But the driver refused to stop, according to police.
“The driver continued to accelerate at an officer,” Fecht said. “The officer fired one time, striking the suspect.”
After being shot, the driver forced his way though traffic, turning left onto Perimeter Center East, according to police.
Almy stopped near an apartment complex and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The officer, Sgt. Jason Dove, has been with Dunwoody police since the department’s inception in 2009. Dove was placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine for officer-involved shootings, and the GBI was asked to assist with the investigation, Fecht said.
Investigators have not determined what may have prompted Almy’s actions, Fecht said.
— Staff writer Mike Morris contributed to this article.