Man shot by Smyrna police officer identified

An Austell man who was shot by a Smyrna police officer was identified Wednesday..

Kevin Shymell Gibbs, 24, was charged with aggravated assault with intent to murder and obstruction, both felonies, for in Tuesday’scident, which led to a police chase in which Gibbs struck several cars and finally crashed his own vehicle.

The incident began around 5 p.m. as a traffic stop near the intersection of Spring and Park roads, according to Officer Michael Smith with Smyrna police. Gibbs allegedly tried to run down the officer, who was forced to fire, Smith said.

Gibbs then got back into this vehicle and led the officer on a pursuit for about a mile, striking several vehicles, Smith said. The chase ended when Gibbs’ car and the officer’s patrol car collided near Spring Road’s intersection with Glenroy Drive, according to police.

Gibbs was transported to a hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, Smith said Tuesday night. The officer, whose name was not released, was not injured.

Per protocol, the officer involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation, according to police.