GBI: Armed man shot by Fayetteville police after domestic dispute

An armed man was shot by Fayetteville police Saturday afternoon after an argument, officials said.

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

An armed man was shot by Fayetteville police Saturday afternoon after an argument, officials said.

Fayetteville police shot an armed man Saturday afternoon after responding to a domestic dispute, officials said.

Officers were sent to Paces Court at around 4 p.m. after a driver called to report that a man and a woman were arguing in the backseat of their vehicle in the residential neighborhood. The caller told police that the man, identified as 20-year-old Tavares Richardson, had a gun and ran away.

Law enforcement found Richardson about a half-mile away near the intersection of Beauregard Boulevard, police said. An officer stopped him and asked for his identification, but he pulled out the gun and ran, according to the GBI.

“The officer fired shots and hit Richardson,” the state agency said.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but police did not release his condition.

The residential area where the shooting took place was shut down during the investigation.

The GBI will conduct a probe into the shooting and those findings will be turned over to the Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Saturday’s incident was the 99th officer-involved shooting the state agency has been asked to investigate in 2023. At this point last year, the GBI had opened investigations into 108 such cases.

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