ELLABELL, Ga. (WSAV) – A state officer was hurt and an Ellabell man was killed during an officer-involved shooting in Bryan County on Thursday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation(GBI).
Officials say around 5 p.m. Thursday evening, a Georgia Department Of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division officer was at a convenience store off of Highway 280 near I-16 when he saw a hit-and-run nearby. The officer proceeded to follow the car as it was driving away.
After a short pursuit, the driver stopped the car and the officer approached the driver’s door and spoke with 29-year-old Walter Kye Herman before attempting to place handcuffs on him. Herman sped off while the officer was still reaching inside the car causing the officer to be dragged about one-tenth of a mile down the road. The car struck a road sign and began to travel off the roadway down a steep embankment.
The officer fired his weapon, causing both of them to fall out of the car which eventually came to a halt. Herman died at the scene, but the officer survived and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Highway 280 between Groover Hill and Olive Branch was closed for hours following the incident, but has since reopened.
The GBI is continuing to investigate and says the investigation is still active and ongoing.