The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Clayton County on Friday.
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GBI: Clayton County officer shoots man who was threatening people with gun

The GBI was called to Forest Park on Friday afternoon to investigate the second officer-involved shooting of the day in Georgia, authorities said. 

The incident, reported shortly after 3 p.m., involved a Clayton County police officer and took place at an apartment in the 200 block of Morrow Road, according to GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles. 

The call was about a man with a gun who was threatening to shoot people, the GBI said.

When the officer arrived and tried to make contact with Justin Demond Johnson, the 22-year-old took off running, according to a news release. The officer pursued and gave verbal commands for Johnson to stop. At that point, the GBI said the officer fired his weapon, striking Johnson.

Clayton County police said the suspect reached for a gun, prompting the officer to fire two shots. Johnson was hit at least once.

The suspect was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is stable, authorities said. A handgun was found at the scene, the GBI said.

The officer was not injured. The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the GBI’s investigation, Clayton County police said.


 

The shooting marks the 23rd officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2020. The 22nd occurred earlier Friday afternoon in Randolph County and involved the Cuthbert Police Department, AJC.com previously reported.

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