Between 8:53 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, the GBI was requested to respond to three officer-involved shootings in Georgia, including this one in Terrell County.
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NEW: GBI investigating third officer-involved shooting in less than 24 hours

The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in southwest Georgia, the third such case the agency was involved in Thursday.

About 7:45 p.m., Richland police conducted a road block on Ga. 520, the GBI said in a news release. Davion Omar Watson, 30, of Albany, drove up and stopped.

An officer asked for Watson’s driver’s license, and he didn’t comply. Watson drove off, and a chase ensued through Stewart, Webster and Terrell counties, the GBI said.

Watson hit an officer’s vehicle in Webster County and then fired at an officer’s car in Terrell County, the release said. After an officer returned fire, the chase ended on South Main Street in Dawson. The GBI said Watson was taken into custody after running behind a convenience store.

No officers were injured, according to the GBI. Watson had injuries that were  not considered life-threatening.

He was booked into the Terrell County Jail.

Between 8:53 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, the GBI was requested to respond to three officer-involved shootings in Georgia.

In the first one, Mahlon Edward Summerour, 63, was shot and killed after Monroe police said he was carrying a firearm that turned out to be a replica Thompson submachine gun.

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About two hours later in Bartow County, a felon who had been on the run for about eight months fired shots at a Georgia State Patrol trooper, hitting him in his vest, the GBI said. Two other troopers then shot 27-year-old Kenneth Martin Anderson several times, and he later died from his injuries, according to the agency. A traffic stop on I-75 South preceded the shootout.

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Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 97 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Terrell County shooting is the 75th such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

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