A man shot by DeKalb police Monday night was on the run after walking into a gas station with a gun and encountering three sheriff’s deputies, according to new details the GBI released Tuesday afternoon.
The deputies were investigating an unrelated trespassing incident at the Chevron gas station on the corner of North Hairston Road and Center Drive when Shekino Reid, 24, walked in armed, GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said.
“The deputies attempted to speak with Reid, when he fled from the deputies,” she said in a news release. “The deputies attempted to detain Reid in the parking lot.”
They deployed their stun guns but did not make a connection, she said. Reid reportedly took off running into the nearby Mountain Crest apartment complex on North Hairston Road.
A DeKalb police officer heard the call for assistance and responded to the complex about 7:30 p.m. While the officer was trying to apprehend the man behind one of the apartment buildings, Reid was shot.
DeKalb police Chief James Conroy said his officer fired his weapon after Reid did not comply with demands.
“Several times they told him to drop his gun. He did not,” Conroy told Channel 2 Action News. “Our officer discharged his firearm, striking the subject.”
Reid was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was initially listed in critical condition, but the GBI expects he will recover.
The DeKalb police officer, who has not been identified, reported a twisted knee.
The GBI is investigating the officer-involved shooting at the request of the police department, which is standard protocol in such cases.
It is the 80th officer-involved shooting in Georgia this year, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. In 2017, there were 88 officer-involved shootings.
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