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Officer shoots, kills suspect in traffic stop

Cartersville firefighters block two northbound lanes of Interstate 75 after a man was killed when he pointed a gun at an Emerson police officer during a traffic stop. SAMPSON JENKINS/The Daily Tribune News

A traffic stop that escalated alongside Interstate 75 Wednesday morning left a suspect dead.

Emerson police stopped a tan SUV for a tag violation just north of exit 288. The driver had felony warrants for his arrest.

During the stop, the exchange grew heated with the officer unsuccessfully deploying his Taser. The driver then pulled a handgun, pointing it at the officer. When the driver failed to obey commands to put the gun down, the officer fired, killing the man.

Coroner Joel Guyton said he could not release the man’s name, but said he was from Columbus.

Bartow County EMS Public Information Officer Brad Cothran said the 27-year-old lost his pulse en route to Cartersville Medical Center and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley said the incident impacted the department of 11 officers but declined to comment further, referring all questions to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the matter.

Training through various local agencies teaches officers that traffic stops remain one of the deadliest situations for officers, with domestic disturbances being the other.

More information is expected to be released today.


Last modified onThursday, 15 October 2015 00:44