Handcuffed man shoots trooper during traffic stop, dies

Georgia News

An officer-involved shooting in north Georgia left one man dead after officials say he shot a state trooper while handcuffed.

The trooper was wearing a ballistic vest and survived the shooting.

The incident occurred late Thursday morning on I-75 south near exit 293 in Bartow County, about 25 miles north of Marietta.

WXIA reports a trooper stopped a car with temporary West Virginia plates which was traveling too slow and impeding left lane traffic.

According to a spokesperson with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), two individuals were in the car — one white female behind the wheel and one white male passenger.

The trooper claims to have seen a gun and drugs “in plain sight.”

The trooper called for backup and both suspects were taken into custody. Officials say the woman was quickly identified but the man was not cooperative.

According to the Georgia DPS, the trooper used a portable fingerprint scanner to identify the suspect. He is said to have had warrants for parole violation and had been on the run for around 8 months.

As the male suspect was being removed from the patrol car for a more thorough search, he opened fire.

“He turns with his hands behind him and shoots the trooper in the abdomen in the vest,” Captain Mark Perry with Georgia DPS said.

Perry said the trooper retreated and was able to fire back at the man. The second trooper also fired shots at the suspect.

Perry said the man was transported to a hospital. He was pronounced dead after leaving the scene.

The trooper was taken to the hospital as well and was treated and released.

The female suspect is in Bartow County custody. None of the parties involved in the shooting have been identified.

Authorities say they found drugs, a gun and a significant amount of cash in the car. Perry said the trooper somehow missed the suspect’s gun in the initial search before placing him in the cruiser.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to take over the investigation.

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