Cairo Police: Knife-Wielding Man Dead After Charging Officer [SLIDE SHOW]

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By: Kara Duffy
May 14, 2013

According to Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur, the officer who hit and killed a man with his car Monday has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation.

The officer's name has not yet been released.

By: Kara Duffy
May 13, 2013

Cairo, GA- Lawrence Goar says he was standing just a few feet away from his nephew, 24-year-old Isiaah Rayquon Goar, when he was hit by a Cairo Police car.

"I ran over there; They're saying, 'don't go over there,' he said. "No, I need to see him. I need to touch him. My nephew's under a car."

According to Police Chief Keith Sandefur, witnesses said Goar was chasing residents of Pine Forest Apartments with a knife.

"When I came from my apartment, I saw the victim swing a knife at a guy in a wheel chair and he was telling the guy, 'get back, get back,'" said resident Tiffany Copeland.

As police were trying to persuade Goar to drop the knife, they say he charged at one of the officers. Lawrence, however, said he saw his nephew with the knife pointing toward himself, not the officer.

Chief Sandefur says an officer in a nearby patrol car drove forward to act as a barrier between Goar and the officer. That's when Goar was hit by the car. He died on the scene.

"I'm distraught and I'm confused because there was no violence in him," said Lawrence. "I knew him for 24 years."

The Cairo Police department has since handed the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators with GBI will determine if the officer who struck Goar, acted appropriately.

By: Kara Duffy
May 13, 2013

Cairo, GA - A man is dead after being struck by a police car.

According to Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur, officers got a call shortly before 10:30 a.m. to the Pine Forest Apartment Complex along 11th Avenue NE.

Witnesses said that a black male was chasing people in the parking lot with a knife.

Chief Sandefur said when police arrived they tried to persuade the man to put the knife down.

That's what they say he ran towards one of the officers with the knife.

An officer that was in a patrol car saw the attempted attack, and drove his car to get in between the man with the knife and the officer.

Chief Sandefur said as a result, the officer struck the man. He died at the scene.

The Police Chief said that they are handing the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He said GBI will determine if the officer acted accappropriately.

Press Release: Cairo Police Department

On May 13, 2013, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Officers with the Cairo Police Dept were dispatched to the 400 block of 11th Ave NE in reference to a male with a knife chasing people through a parking lot attempting to stab them. When officers arrived they encountered a male subject with a knife. Officers attempted to persuade the subject to put the knife down.

The individual would not relinquish the weapon and charged an officer with the Cairo Police Dept. another Officer employed by the Cairo Police Dept attempted to pull his city vehicle between the officer and the individual with the knife as a barrier to protect the officer and in the process the individual was struck and did not survive. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation.

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