A man who fired at least one round at law enforcement in DeKalb County was shot by officers Wednesday morning during a pursuit, according to officials.

The incident began near Perimeter Mall around 7 a.m. when police spotted a stolen Dodge Challenger being driven along Ashford Dunwoody Road at Perimeter Center East and tried to stop it, Dunwoody police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Cheek said. Officers attempted to box in the car in the parking lot of a nearby gas station, but the driver rammed a couple of patrol vehicles before fleeing, the GBI added.

The pursuit continued on Ashford Dunwoody for about two miles into Brookhaven before the suspect crashed, Cheek said. The man then ran away and fired his handgun at officers, who returned fire, authorities said. The GBI confirmed the suspect was struck several times.

No officers were injured. The suspect, who was not publicly identified, was said to be stable when taken to a hospital.

Dunwoody police said the officers involved would be placed on administrative leave for the duration of the internal investigation, which is standard protocol for the department.

It was the 85th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate this year. The state agency will conduct an independent investigation and, once complete, will turn over its findings to the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office.

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