ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting in northwest Athens on Monday morning.
According to Athens-Clarke County police, officers were called to the Westchester Condominiums located in 100 block of Chalfont Drive near Westchester Drive after reports of a suspicious person around 10 a.m. The caller told police that a woman had a knife and gun, but was not specific about any danger, the GBI said.
When they got to the scene, officers met with 54-year-old Bonny Thomas of Athens who they say was "brandishing a knife."
Police say the officer retreated and asked Thomas multiple times to drop the weapon. Instead, officials say she charged at the officer with the knife "raised in a threatening manner."
The officer then fired, hitting Thomas in the torso.
Medics rushed Thomas to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds. Her identity has not been released at this time.
The ACCPD has contacted the GBI to investigate the shooting. During the investigation, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave with pay.