GBI releases body cam video of officer-involved shooting in Coweta County
COWETA COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released deputy body cam video Wednesday from an officer-involved shooting in Coweta County.
The shooting happened Sunday in the parking lot of a Newnan shopping center after Coweta County deputies said a driver, 34-year-old Nicholas Bolton, almost hit them with a car. Bolton is in critical condition at the Atlanta Medical Center after a gunshot wound to the head, according to Tanya Miller, an attorney for his family.
Deputies said Bolton was asleep in his car around 2:20 a.m. Sunday behind a store when they asked him to show his license. They said he refused and crawled into the car's driver's seat and sped off, almost hitting one of the deputies.
Deputies added they chased Bolton, eventually using a P.I.T. maneuver to stop him from making it to Hwy 34.
One deputy said he fired a shot into Bolton's windshield after his vehicle was spun out from the P.I.T. maneuver, adding Bolton still tried to drive the car towards another deputy.
Coweta County Sheriff's Office said the officer involved in the shooting is John Collins and has been with the Office for 16 months. The Sheriff's Office added it believes his actions were necessary and justified. Collins has been placed on leave, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.
Miller, an attorney for Bolton, said the shooting was problematic and avoidable.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation and will turn over its findings to the Coweta County District Attorney's Office.