GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Sandy Springs

The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Sandy Springs, authorities said.

Two Sandy Springs officers, Jason McCabe and Philip O’Donnell, opened fire Friday night on a man they said tried to leave in his car, police said. The suspect, Jaquan Barnes, 22, was wanted for aggravated assault out of South Carolina, police said. 

When the officers approached Barnes parked outside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Peachtree Dunwoody Road, they attempted to box him in, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told Channel 2 Action News.

Barnes accelerated and rammed into two police cars before the officers fired their weapons, Miles told the news station. Barnes was hit by one bullet, police said.

He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Barnes was released from the hospital and booked into the Fulton County jail. 

No officers were injured.

On Monday, Barnes waived his first court appearance and remained in jail without bond on charges of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, aggravated assault against a peace officer, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer by use of threats or violence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His next court date is May 29. 

The GBI’s investigation is ongoing.

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