Georgia family says Waycross officers fired shots at their children, GBI investigating

Crime & Safety

WAYCROSS, Ga. (CNN Newsource) – The family involved in a shooting under investigation by the GBI shared their side of the story on Saturday.

Dominique Goodman, Sr. says what was supposed to be a day of family fun quickly turned into a violent situation. His family was supposed to travel to Jacksonville for a football tournament his children were playing in.

Goodman says without telling him, his children piled into the car to head to Walmart, where the team was supposed to meet.

“Well, the kids were so excited, they jumped the gun,” Goodman said. “My 16-year-old jumped up while we were getting dressed and he takes them to catch the bus because they had to be on the bus at 8:30, so I noticed it was about 8:00 they hadn’t eaten any breakfast and called them to come back.”

Goodman says the five children then left Walmart to drive back to their neighborhood, when 12-year-old Amari Goodman says they noticed a police car following them.

“They were just cruising behind us without no lights, so that’s when we got down there and we came around and they had their lights on, they cut them on and they cut them off,” Amari said. “And then a car got in front of me and they got right there.”

The car then arrived to their neighborhood, where the three young children say their two older brothers told them to get out of the and go find their father.

“They let us out because they were scared so that was going to happen to us, so we got out and we started running toward the house and they just started shooting,” Amari said.

Goodman says he looked out the back door and saw three of his children, ages 9, 12 and 14, running from the police. He says he heard gunshots, then ran and found his 15 and 16-year-old sons on the ground.

The GBI says an officer fired shots after one of the two older children drove the car towards him while he was approaching the vehicle.

In a video of the incident, Goodman can be heard begging the officers not to harm his children.

The 15 and 16-year-old boys were detained and are facing charges. Both officers involved are on leave.

The incident is still under investigation.

Previous story below, posted on Aug. 8, contains information on the incident released by the GBI.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (WSAV) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting that happened on Saturday in Waycross.

According to the GBI, preliminary information shows that at 8 a.m., an officer with the Waycross Police Department saw a traffic violation at the intersection of Howe and Brunell Streets. The officer tried to get the license plate information.

As the car approached the area of Walters and Greenwood Street, three minors, ages 9, 12, and 14, got out of the vehicle and ran off while the car came to a stop.

A second officer responded to the scene while the first officer followed the three minors in his car.

As the second officer began to approach the vehicle from the front, the vehicle drove towards him. The officer fired multiple times at the car. Two male juveniles, age 15 and 16, got out of the car while it was still in drive. The car came to a stop further up the road.

The GBI says there was an altercation between the second officer and the 15-year-old male. The juvenile was eventually secured in handcuffs and was then treated by EMS for minor injuries.

The first responding officer came back to the initial scene of the traffic stop after hearing gunshots. 

The GBI says the three minors who ran from the car went home.

No officers were injured during the incident, and the GBI is still investigating.

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