Over the course of six hours Tuesday, three calls were made to the GBI reporting a Georgia police officer or sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting.
Two of the incidents were fatal, with the victims allegedly threatening or firing upon officers with guns. All three involved metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies.
The GBI was asked to investigate, which is normal protocol for such incidents.
The state agency reported the first shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Shots were fired on Old Hapeville Road when an Atlanta police officer attempted to stop a car reported stolen during an earlier carjacking. The driver aimed his vehicle toward the officer, and the officer shot him, according to the GBI. The man, identified by the GBI as 23-year-old Nicholas White, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
White’s passenger reportedly fired shots at the officer, ran off and is still at large. The officer was not injured.
The second shooting happened around 10 p.m. A man was killed after a one-hour standoff with DeKalb County police at a Stone Mountain apartment complex. According to police, the man broke into an apartment at The Reserve at Stone Creek on South Hairston Road, held a woman against her will and barricaded himself inside one of the apartments. He allegedly came out shooting when police deployed tear gas, and officers returned fire.
Then, not one hour later, GBI investigators were en route to a third shooting Tuesday in Forsyth County.
A man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy inside his Carbonne Court home near Cumming when the man displayed a gun, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Three sheriff’s deputies had responded to a reported domestic disturbance between the man and his wife.
The GBI has not released any further details in the DeKalb or Forsyth cases.
All of Tuesday’s incidents raised the number of officer-involved shooting investigations in Georgia this year from 44 to 47.
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Officials have not said if 2018 is outpacing 2017, when there were a total of 97 such investigations.
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