Officers followed the car to a Publix in the 3700 block of Carmia Drive and approached it.
“The suspect vehicle then accelerated toward officers, striking an East Point vehicle and shots were fired,” Bullock said. “A pursuit ensued that entered neighboring jurisdictions.”
When that pursuit ended on I-285 South near Washington Road, someone in the stolen vehicle took off running, according to police. Additional shots were fired at that point, injuring the suspect.
No officers were injured.
The GBI is leading the investigation, which is standard protocol in cases involving use of force. This is the 93rd such investigation in 2018.
“All East Point officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation,” Bullock confirmed.
East Point and South Fulton officers fired their weapons, Miles told Channel 2 Action News. She added that there is no evidence at this point that the suspect had a gun.
The officers involved were identified as Rodney Etienne and Shiron Varner (East Point) and David Jira (South Fulton).
A witness to the melee in the Publix parking lot was alarmed.
“My nerves are shot,” Nigeria Harris, who operates a barber shop, told Channel 2 Action News. “My client — she’s older, she’s in her 70s — she dropped to the ground.”
“Early information indicates that one of the rounds hit a Walgreens Drug store in a separate lot,” the GBI’s Miles said. “A female was cut by the falling glass”
I-285 South was shut down near Camp Creek Parkway just before 11:45 a.m. As of 6:30 p.m., traffic on all except the far right lane was getting through, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.
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