Antonio Tinajero
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Johns Creek police shoot at man who backed into patrol car after chase, GBI says

A man was arrested in Johns Creek over the weekend after he backed into a patrol car, prompting officers to shoot at him, the GBI said.

The shooting followed a police chase that began when officers attempted to pull Antonio Tinajero over just after 4 a.m. Sunday for failure to maintain lane, the GBI said in a statement.

Instead of stopping, Tinajero allegedly took off in a Ford Fusion and sparked a pursuit.

The GBI said he led Johns Creek officers to a shopping center parking lot at 5950 State Bridge Road, near the intersection with Medlock Bridge Road.

As officers approached the car, Tinajero, 25, of Winder, allegedly put the Ford Fusion in reverse and backed into the patrol car.

That’s when police shot at the car, and Tinajero allegedly took off again through the parking lot.

As cops followed him, Tinajero got out of the car and ran, the GBI said. He was eventually taken into custody and transported to WellStar North Fulton Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

He was later booked into the Fulton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and fleeing or attempting to elude officers, according to jail records.

The GBI is investigating the incident, which is standard protocol in cases involving use of force. This is the 92nd such investigation in 2018, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

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