Man shot by deputy in ICU
by Staff Report
Apr 17, 2011 | 6978 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate a shooting involving two Bartow County deputies Friday night.

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, the man, identified as Jason Keith Hansard, 31, Cartersville, was shot by deputies attempting to arrest him after a foot chase on Old Tennessee Highway near Rydal.

Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said it's unclear exactly where the suspect was shot. However, according to an employee at Floyd Medical Center, Hansard is in the intensive care unit and a family member stated that the wound locations are in both shoulders as deputies attempted to force Hansard to drop his weapons.

Millsap released a statement saying that deputies were given a be-on-the-lookout report for a 2003 pickup involved in a burglary that occurred around 10:20 p.m.

A patrol deputy responding to the call spotted the pickup and attempted a traffic stop. A vehicle chase ensued and the suspect drove onto Highway 20, I-75, and Highway 411 at high speeds. Stop sticks were deployed and the Georgia State Patrol allegedly stopped the man. He then fled on foot before officers attempted to tase the suspect, unsuccessfully. He was sprayed with pepper spray and hit three times with bean bag rounds, according to a source. The vehicle crashed near Vaughn Dairy Road and Old Tennessee Highway.

Hansard was taken to an area hospital after the shooting and was listed in stable condition. Hansard is now charged with aggravated assault, burglary, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude, and disorderly conduct. The deputies were placed on administrative leave pending the G.B.I. investigation of the shooting incident, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

A family member stated that Hansard will be under medical care for approximately two weeks on lock-down allowing no visitors. According to the family Hansard was recently seeking recovery from methamphetamine use at a half-way house and was working in Atlanta.

The Bartow County Sheriff's Office was involved in two deadly shootings in 2010, including one in December. Deputies also underwent training earlier this year to use tasers acquired through a grant to the department.