Man shot after allegedly driving toward Georgia State Patrol trooper

A man is in custody after driving a stolen car toward a Georgia State Patrol trooper, who then fired shots at the car in south Fulton County, authorities said Monday.

The driver, who has not been named, has a gunshot wound that is not life-threatening.

The incident started just before 5:30 a.m. when Atlanta police pursued the vehicle, authorities said. But they lost track of the car, and the GSP was called to assist in the search.

Troopers later found the car and did a PIT maneuver, which is a controlled crash intended to steer a car to a stop, on I-75 South. The maneuver stopped the car temporarily, but the driver found another route, the GBI said.

The car eventually ran out of road and came to a stop by railroad tracks in the area of Central Avenue. The man got out and ran, GBI spokesman Brian Whidby said.

Atlanta police caught up with him in nearby woods and arrested him.

The trooper, whose name was not released, was not injured. 

A car on the scene of an officer-involved shooting has a bullet hole in it on Central Avenue. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

The GBI is looking into the incident, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases. The Georgia Department of Public Safety Office of Professional Standards is also investigating. 

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In 2017, the GBI investigated 95 officer-involved shootings. So far this year, there have been 18 such shootings.

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The GBI is investigating after a Georgia State Patrol trooper was involved in a shooting near I-75 and Central Avenue, according to the agency.

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