Police conduct an investigation after a person was found dead in an SUV on I-20 in DeKalb County, Thursday May 12 2016.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

I-20 in DeKalb reopens after fatal shooting investigation

More than six hours after DeKalb County police found someone dead from an apparent gunshot wound on I-20, officials have reopened portions of the interstate that were shut down while they conducted their investigation.

About 4 a.m., officers found a male passenger dead in a vehicle on I-20 at I-285, DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said.

“The driver was cooperative with police and it was determined the shooting incident occurred in Forest Park,” Fore said.

The investigation prompted officials to close a westbound lane of I-20 as well as an entry ramp from northbound I-285 to westbound I-20. It also created delays at Panola Road that stretched to the Mall at Stonecrest and blocked access to the interstate from northbound I-285. At one point, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center estimated trip times in excess of one hour from Highway 138 to I-285.

The westbound lane of I-20 and the entry ramp from northbound I-285 to westbound I-20 reopened about 10:15 a.m.

The victim’s name and other details were not released. The Forest Park Police Department is handling the investigation.

“We are working with DeKalb County to investigate the shooting,” Forest Park police Maj. Chris A. Matson said.

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