While in the parking lot, Touré took out a black handgun from his jacket and opened fire on a deputy sitting in a parked patrol vehicle near the south end of the sheriff’s office building, the GBI said.
To escape the gunfire, the deputy quickly maneuvered his patrol vehicle behind other parked vehicles while Touré continued to fire, authorities said. As the suspect got closer, the deputy was forced to move again to escape the bullets.
Soon after, another deputy, who heard the gunfire and radio calls for help, exited the jail’s sallyport with a rifle in hand, the state agency said. The deputy fired once at Touré, who raised his hands and surrendered, according to the GBI.
Surveillance footage appeared to show Touré walking around the parking lot, authorities said. The GBI said it will conduct an independent investigation into the incident before handing over the case to the Gordon District Attorney’s Office for review.
According to authorities, Touré has a lengthy record that includes a January 2020 arrest for aggravated assault and cruelty to children, and prior arrests in 2019 and 2018. He remains in the county jail, officials said.
It was the 70th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2023. At the same time last year, there had been 89 such shootings.