GBI investigating officer involved shooting in Cherokee Co.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Cherokee County, Ga.
The shooting incident occurred on Highway 92 and Dixie Drive, Saturday night. Preliminary information indicates that a Bartow County Sheriff's Deputy had responded to a suspicious person entering vehicles in the area of Arrington Road in Acworth. The deputy located the suspicious person, Lorenzo L. Taylor, 32, from Mississippi. When the deputy was speaking with a witness, Taylor entered the deputy's patrol car and fled.
The deputy told authorities that his vehicle had been stolen with his police rifle that was secured inside the patrol car. Deputies pursued the car into Cobb and Cherokee County.Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but were unsuccessful.
Around 8:20 p.m, officers spun-out the stolen sheriff's vehicle at Highway 92 and Dixie Drive. Taylor continued to attempt to flee arrest and drove around some officers in the direction of others. As a result, Bartow County deputies fired shots at Taylor and were able to immobilize the stole vehicle and converged on him. As officers attempted to take Taylor into custody, he took one of the deputy's guns away from him. The officers tackled Taylor and Tasered him and were able to take the gun away from him. No shots were exchanged during the scuffle.
One officer suffered minor injuries during the chase. Taylor was shot twice and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated. Taylor became combative toward medical staff and deputies at which point a Taser was deployed on Taylor. Taylor was sedated by medical personnel and subsequently released to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office on charges associated with stealing the patrol car in Bartow County. Additional charges are pending.
The police rifle remained secured inside the stolen sheriff’s car; however, evidence was present that Taylor attempted to remove it.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office for review.