FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators in Fayette County say a car break-in suspect made a fatal mistake when he ran from the law with his headlights out.
Law enforcement all over metro Atlanta are aggressively investigating a rash of car break-in cases. So Fayette County deputies say they were already looking for 20-year-old Tyler Ellis when he came back here to allegedly break into more cars.
Deputies say Ellis was captured on surveillance video using a stolen credit car from an auto break-in. Investigators say in the video you can see him, his car and his license plate.
Deputies say when Ellis returned to Fayette County they had an arrest warrant for him. But he would not be taken into custody.
Dash cam video shows a deputy trying to arrest Ellis, but he manages to slip away and drive off.
"You can hear the deputy shout that he has deployed his Taser," Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said.
The Taser missed, and the sheriff says Willis sped away, turning off his headlights as he went.
Ellis' car was later discovered in Clayton County wrecked. Even though he made it out of Fayette County, witnesses say he was speeding with his lights off.
Officials say he eventually died from injuries sustained in the crash.