Officials said the shooting started as a car chase involving a man with multiple warrants for his arrest.
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Clayton County deputy shot wanted man after chase, GBI says

The GBI is investigating after a Clayton County deputy shot a suspect following a police chase.

The suspect, who was hit once, is expected to survive, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in the statement Tuesday afternoon. The GBI identified him as Donald Clark Wright III, 24, of Jackson.


The incident began just after 2:05 p.m. when a deputy attempted to stop a pickup truck in the 6300 block of Jonesboro Road in Morrow, the GBI said in a news release. The vehicle was associated with Wright, who has warrants in multiple counties in Georgia, the agency said.

Wright allegedly tried to drive away from the traffic stop before wrecking in the 5300 block of Philips Road in Lake City. After the wreck, the deputy shot Wright, the release said.

It’s unclear whether Wright had a weapon, and none of the details on his warrants were provided. 

He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is stable, the GBI said. No deputies were injured during the incident.


The incident is the 83rd officer-involved shooting investigation the GBI has opened in 2019. The last one happened when a Carroll County deputy shot and killed a man who was threatening a convenience store clerk with a shovel. 

RELATED: GBI: Shovel-wielding man fatally shot by Georgia deputy

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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