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After series of overnight shootings, Chamblee officer shoots, kills suspect

Chamblee police say a man linked to four shootings was shot and killed by an officer Sunday morning.

Investigators don’t know what motivated the gunman, Chamblee police Assistant Chief Mike Beller said in a news release. His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

It all started shortly after 1 a.m. on New Peachtree Road, where a man was shot in the hand in what police called a drive-by shooting.

About 10 minutes later, the same man started shooting at passing cars from the parking lot of the QuikTrip on Chamblee Tucker Road, Beller said. 

When officers arrived, the man ran toward Quantum Lane. He continued firing shots, Beller said. 

“Fearing for our safety and the safety of the public at large, a Chamblee police officer fired one shot, striking the subject,” Beller said. 

He died on before an ambulance could take him to a hospital.

More witnesses told police they were shot at by a man in a silver car, which matched the description of a car found at the QuikTrip parking lot, Beller said. 

The GBI is investigating and the officer who fired the fatal shot has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact police.

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