For those that have ever been pulled over in Georgia, seeing those blue lights in your rearview mirror and hearing that siren can invoke feelings of fear, anger, and frustration. However, when this happens, drivers are required by law to pull over immediately. Failure to do so can be seen as fleeing from a law enforcement officer or attempting to elude. In Georgia, this is automatically a misdemeanor of a severe and aggressive nature. The jail time can range between 10 days and 12 months, and the fine for this charge can be between $500 and $5,000. Additionally, if a person is injured or killed while a driver is attempting to elude, they can be charged with a felony.
The AJC reports that a middle Georgia man has been killed after a high-speed pursuit and a shootout with deputies.
The incident began just after 6:15 p.m. on Monday night in Crawford County.
Deputies were responding to a report of a domestic dispute at a home off of Richardson Mill Road. A 33-year-old male was accused of taking out a gun and threatening other occupants of the home.
Before deputies could arrive, the suspect fled in a white Chevrolet pickup truck. He was located near Blasingame Road. When deputies attempted to pull the suspect over, he then sped away, initiating a pursuit.
The suspect made his way back to the home on Richardson Mill Road, where he exited the pickup truck. After exiting the pickup truck, he allegedly fired a shot at deputies. One of the deputies returned fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect was rushed to Navicent Health Hospital in Macon where he succumbed to his injuries.
The GBI has been called in to investigate the shooting. This is the 35th officer-involved shooting that the GBI has investigated this year.
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