A suspected shoplifter was shot by a Riverdale police officer Tuesday morning after he was confronted in a Home Depot parking lot, the GBI said.
The shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. at the store on Lamar Hutcheson Parkway, Riverdale police spokeswoman Capt. Nicole Rabel told AJC.com.
Rabel said the incident began when officers responded to a call about a theft at the home improvement store.
GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said an officer tried to stop the suspected shoplifter and a physical altercation began. The man, identified as 42-year-old Terry Bradshaw of Griffin, got away from police and jumped into a Ford pickup truck, prompting a second officer to open fire, GBI agents said.
A truck parked at the scene Tuesday morning had multiple bullet holes in its back windshield.
The extent of Bradshaw’s injuries are unknown, but paramedics told Channel 2 Action News he was conscious when he was taken to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. A woman sitting inside the pickup was taken into custody for questioning, the news station reported.
The two Riverdale officers suffered minor injuries in the scuffle and subsequent shooting.
Both officers, who were wearing body cameras at the time, have been placed on administrative leave, authorities said.
It is the 46th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2019.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the agency’s tally.
Once the GBI’s investigation is complete, the findings will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, Ammons said.
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