Trooper shoots man several times after chase; GBI investigating

A Georgia State Patrol chase with a Tennessee man ended with the trooper shooting the suspect several times after he allegedly pointed a weapon at the trooper, the GBI said.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, trooper Joe Geddie attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Brandon Anthony Vitier, 31, of Hendersonville, Tenn., the GBI said in a news release.

Vitier allegedly fled in his vehicle, prompting a short chase on Ga. 136 near Sand Mountain in Dade County, according to the release. Dade County borders Tennessee and Alabama. Trenton, the county’s seat, is about 125 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.

The suspect then allegedly pointed a weapon out of the window of his vehicle at Geddie, and Geddie fired multiple times at Vitier, striking him several times, officials said. The GBI said the weapon Vitier had was a replica handgun.

He was taken to Erlanger Hospital and is now in stable, but critical, condition, GBI officials said. Geddie was not injured.

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An investigation is ongoing.

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