After locating Tooley, officers went to a different room in the motel he had previously visited, the GBI said. Police found Chanin Emil Mayfield, 32, of Toccoa, in that room holding a handgun, according to the news release. Officers ordered him to drop the gun and opened fire when he did not follow their commands.
Mayfield was hit by the officers’ gunfire, the GBI said. He died at the scene despite attempts at first aid.
No other details about the incident have been released, and it was not clear if Toccoa police have positively identified Mayfield as a suspect in Tooley’s death.
The Toccoa Police Department has asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting. This is the 65th officer-involved shooting the state agency has been asked to investigate this year.
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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