GBI asked to investigate officer-involved incident in southeast Atlanta

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The actions of an off-duty Fulton County officer who followed a possible robbery suspect more than 30 miles before opening fire is at the center of a probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI was asked to look into the incident since it involved an officer.

It started at the T-Mobile phone store located at 1999 Mt. Zion Parkway in Morrow around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Agents with the GBI said the off-duty officer, whose name has not yet been released, followed the vehicle from the business in his personal vehicle. He was on the phone with 911 when he crossed into Atlanta, according to investigators.

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The off-duty officer and vehicle were involved in an accident around Alyson County in southwest Atlanta. That’s when investigators said the officer open fire using his service weapon. The driver of the vehicle was struck, but continued driving, eventually being stopped by officers with the Atlanta Police Department in the 1700 block of Lakewood Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The off-duty officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The name of the driver and any possible charges, if any, has not yet been released.

The GBI said it will turn over the results of the investigation to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for review.

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