ATLANTA - The driver of a stolen vehicle who rammed an Atlanta police officer’s cruiser Friday afternoon was shot and killed by a Georgia State Patrol trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Atlanta Police officers, Georgia State Patrol troopers, and GBI agents worked well into Friday evening in the 200 block of Doane Street. Investigators said around 2:30 p.m. Atlanta Police spotted a stolen Kia Sorento and tried to pull over the driver. The driver refused to stop. APD called in GSP for assistance.
The troopers performed a pit maneuver, but the driver was desperate to get away.
"The vehicle did not stop and while attempting to evade the trooper, the driver ran into an APD patrol vehicle," said GBI Spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
The driver kept going and investigators said at that point a trooper pulled out his gun and fired.
"The trooper fired shots and he [the driver] was struck," said Miles.
The car kept going and slammed into a Cadillac that was parked in front of a home. The man who was behind the wheel of that stolen vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators haven't released his name or anything else about him.
Many who live on the street said they heard the gunshots and a short time later heard the news that the man had died.
"I live right down the street that's terrible, that's sad. somebody got killed. God bless his soul," said Ray who lives just down the street.
No law enforcement or nearby residents were injured.
The GBI was asked to perform a full review of the incident.