A suspected gang member on the run was killed Sunday after a shootout with northwest Georgia police officers, according to the GBI.
Authorities searched five days for Jeffery Tyler Aycock, 28, before a SWAT unit caught up with him in a remote part of Floyd County. He was shot during an exchange of gunfire, the GBI said in a news release Monday.
No officers were injured in the exchange, the state agency said.
Aycock, who was believed to have ties to the Ghost Face Gangsters, was wanted on charges of probation violation and contempt of court. Before his death, Floyd County police had tried multiple times to capture him, department spokesman Chris Fincher previously told AJC.com.
The last attempt was Tuesday night, when authorities went looking for Aycock at his father’s home on Sam Harris Road.
The incident resulted in the arrest of his father, 52-year-old Jeffrey Todd Aycock, but the younger Aycock got away, Fincher said. His father allegedly blocked officers at the front door.
At some point, Fincher said police noticed the son reach for a firearm and took cover before he started shooting. Officers returned fire before Aycock left in an SUV.
Aycock was eventually tracked to an abandoned cabin on Chulio Road, about 10 miles south of his father’s home. SWAT officers began clearing the wooded area about 2 p.m. and then made contact with Aycock, according to the release.
After Aycock grabbed a gun from behind his back, the GBI said an officer told him to drop it. When he refused, the officer fired, striking Aycock. The suspect died at the scene.
An autopsy will be performed by the GBI’s Medical Examiner’s Office.
The incident was the 62nd officer-involved shooting the agency has investigated in 2019.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.
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