The Macon district attorney has determined that the deputies who shot and killed a kidnapping suspect after he rammed three patrol cars were justified in their use of force, according to multiple news reports.
On a Monday morning zoom call with Macon news outlets, District Attorney David Cooke announced his decision not to charge the Bibb County deputies who fatally shot Keith Young last month, news station WMAZ reported.
Young, 30, was accused of kidnapping his three children May 19 after tying up his estranged wife inside her home. The woman eventually broke free and ran to a neighbor’s house for help, Sheriff David Davis said at the time.
As deputies were speaking with the woman, Young returned to the neighborhood in a pickup truck, accelerated and crashed into the patrol cars, Davis said. A deputy still inside of one of the cars suffered minor injuries.
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Two deputies standing in the street opened fire on Young, striking and killing him, according to the GBI. The agency conducted its own investigation into the incident.
The children were with Young’s family and were not in the truck at the time of the shooting. They were reunited with their mother later that night.
According to Macon news station WGXA, Young was a teacher and coach at Academy of Classical Education in Macon. He taught social studies at the high school for two years but was not going to return in the fall, a spokeswoman for the school told the news station.
The GBI handed over its findings to the district attorney’s office following its investigation. With no charges against the deputies, Cooke said the case is closed.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.