UPDATE: GBI releases name of deputy who shot suspect after vehicle chase

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 7:46 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2020 at 2:22 PM EDT
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MITCHELL COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the name of the Grady County Sheriff’s Office deputy who shot a suspect after a vehicle chase on Tuesday.

The deputy who shot the suspect was Kenneth Weston, the GBI says.

WCTV reporter Amber Spradley spoke to the family of the suspect who was shot on Tuesday.

You can read WCTV’s original story on this incident below.

MITCHELL COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a Grady County deputy shot a suspect following a vehicle chase early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 1:11 a.m. in Mitchell County, according to a GBI press release.

The GBI says a Grady County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop a truck for an equipment malfunction in northern Grady County. The driver of the truck then accelerated to try to get away. The vehicle pursuit continued into Mitchell County in the area of Branchville Road, the release says.

Both vehicles came to a stop at one point, and that’s when the deputy got out of his vehicle to use his taser on the driver to make an arrest, the release says. According to the GBI, the driver drove the truck towards the deputy, and the deputy fired shots at the driver. The driver was still able to drive, and the GCSO deputy got back in his vehicle to continue the chase, the release says.

The driver finally stopped at the intersection of State Highway 97 and Mt. Olive Road, where deputies from Mitchell and Decatur counties arrived to help, the GBI says. Deputies discovered the driver was hit by gunfire. The driver was given first aid at the scene and was taken to a nearby hospital for more treatment.

The GBI says no deputies were hurt during this incident. A pistol was recovered at the scene and was determined to have been stolen from Grady County, according to the GBI. The bureau will conduct an independent investigation for the shooting, which will be given to the South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review once it’s done.

This is the 75th officer involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2020, the release says.

You can read WCTV’s original story on this incident below.

MITCHELL COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -A police chase that began in Grady County ended with gunfire in Mitchell County Tuesday morning.

According to a sergeant with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, deputies fired at least five shots, three of which hit the suspect.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on the scene of the shooting, while the suspect is in custody at Archbold Hospital for their gunshot wounds.

WCTV is working to learn the condition of the suspect and why deputies were chasing the suspect in the first place.

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