Suspect taken to hospital after officer-involved shooting
ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in Rockdale County.
"The suspect was wanted for some domestic issues," said Michael Meyers, Rockdale County Sheriff spokesperson.
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That suspect, identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as being 22-year-old Deandre Evans, was shot after eluding Rockdale County sheriff's deputies who had spotted the unidentified man driving earlier in the day. The deputies didn't chase after the suspect, but issued an alert for the suspect and his car.
According to GBI, Evans refused to get out of his vehicle after he was pulled over on Turner Hill Road off ramp from Interstate 20. Police said he resisted officers attempt to get him out even after being tasered and he tried to flee the scene leading to the Conyers Police officer shooting him multiple times.
Evans was in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital late Tuesday evening.
"The suspect was exiting Turner Hill Rd our officer confirmed with the supervisor I do have back up a sheriff's deputy is with me is it ok if I conduct a traffic stop he was given permission, there was no vehicle chase of any sort. It appears the vehicle did stop upon the traffic stop and at which point very quickly shots were fired and our officer was able to notify us very quickly to get an ambulance in route," said Officer Lucas.
The Turner Hill Road off ramp closed for a couple hours following the shooting, as Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies, Conyers Police and DeKalb County officers on scene, piecing together the events surrounding the shooting.
Early in the investigation police couldn't say whether the suspect shot at the officer and deputy.
"The suspect did appear to stop and at that point something did transpire and that's why we are here," said Officer Lucas.
"We did have a warrant for the suspect's arrest," the sheriff said.