Driver shoots at officer, leads police on chase

Channel 2's Mark Winne spoke exclusively with the officer who was shot at.

Brookhaven police are seeking a man who shot at an officer, then led police on a pre-dawn car chase Wednesday before fleeing on foot, a spokesman said.

The situation began when someone approached an officer’s patrol car at the Village at Druid Hills shopping plaza, Maj. Brandon Gurley of Brookhaven police said. The person shouted, “I just got robbed,” and said that the robbery took place on the back side of the plaza.

When the officer relocated to that area, he saw a white vehicle that was stopped. The vehicle then started to move in reverse and struck the patrol unit, Gurley said. The driver left the vehicle and shouted, “He just shot at me.”

That driver told the officer, “He’s not driving, he ran into the apartment complex,” Gurley said. The officer went to the complex, then noticed a black car backing out of the complex and moving toward the officer.

The driver stopped and lowered his window. The officer moved his vehicle in reverse and asked the driver if he saw someone running, Gurley said. The man pointed behind him and said, “He went that way.”

The officer moved forward slightly, to try to get the tag number of the car. At that point, the driver fired at the officer, with the shot striking the rear driver-side window, Gurley said.

The man then led police into DeKalb County, before he lost control of the car in the 1900 block of Briarlyn Court, Gurley said. The man then ran away on foot.

Officers still are seeking the driver in the area.