The GBI was called late Monday night to the scene of its 76th officer-involved shooting investigation this year.
The latest shooting was the result of a 911 hang-up call at a Walton County hotel, according to city of Monroe police. Officers arrived at the Haven Inn and Suites on West Spring Street just before 9:30 p.m. and determined there was some type of dispute between the hotel and patrons.
According to the GBI, officers tried repeatedly to identify a man on the scene. That man, 35-year-old Chad Joyner, was ultimately found in a Jeep. He refused officers’ orders and accelerated, the agency said.
An officer fired at the vehicle, hitting Joyner at least twice. Joyner was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. He was still in the hospital Tuesday morning, the GBI said.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The officer who fired at the vehicle has been placed on routine administrative leave, and the GBI is now leading the investigation, according to Monroe police.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.
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