UPDATE: 32-year-old David Schmitt has been arrested after an officer-involved shooting in Dalton Monday morning. 

Schmitt is charged with Probation Violation, Aggravated Assault, and Obstruction of Officer Resulting in Injury. 

He is in custody at the Whitfield County Jail. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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PREVIOUS STORY: An investigation is underway in Dalton after a man was shot by a police officer.

It happened around 9:00 Monday morning on Abutment Road and tied up traffic for several drivers.

The Dalton Police officer, who has not been named by investigators, is on leave as the investigation into the 45th officer-involved shooting in Georgia in 2019 is underway.

The man who was shot, identified as 32-year-old David Schmitt, is recovering at a hospital.

Gunshots interrupted the sound of commuters outside Sharon Burgess' home in Dalton.

"I heard those shots. POW! POW-POW!" she said, "I went in to get a cigarette and come back out and that's how quick it happened. I heard the three shots. So that's how quick it happened."

Moments later, a sea of flashing blue lights filled Abutment Road, one of the people involved, was a Dalton Police officer.

"When you hear shots fired, everyone dropped everything and ran out the door. And I know everyone that was out on the road immediately headed into this direction," Dalton Police Department Public Relations Specialist Bruce Frazier said.

Investigators said a handful of people called 9-1-1 reporting Schmitt walking in and out of traffic acting erratically. Burgess saw it too.

The way he was hunkered down, it looked like he was fixin' to sneak attack on the cop, you know what I mean," she added.

According to investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Schmitt attacked the officer, causing the officer to fire his taser.

During the struggle, investigators said Schmitt took the officer's taser and was trying to use it on the officer.

As the officer was trying to get away, investigators said Schmitt continued to charge at the officer.

The officer fired his gun several times at Schmitt, hitting him.

After the GBI is finished with their investigation, they will turn their findings over to the district attorney.

It will be up to the district attorney to decide if the shooting is justified.

"You want an outside agency to investigate anything involving one of your officers and for us, that outside agency has always been the GBI," Frazier added.

Schmitt is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The officer received minor injuries from the struggle.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Investigators say Dalton Police was called around 9:00 a.m. Monday for reports of an agitated man. 

They say upon arrival, 32-year-old David Schmitt physically attacked an officer, and the officer tased him. 

Schmitt grabbed the taser and attempted to tase the officer. 

The officer then fired his weapon several times at Schmitt. 

Schmitt was transported to Hamilton Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The officer sustained minor injuries. 

The GBI will continue the investigation. 

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PREVIOUS STORY: Dalton Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting. 

It happened around 9:00 a.m. Monday in the roadway in front of Sonoco located at 2580 Abutment Road.

 

Police say no one at Sonoco was involved.

 

Officers on the scene responding to multiple reports of a suspect behaving erratically, running in and out of traffic along Abutment Road. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is responding to the scene, marking the 45th officer-involved shooting this year. 

 

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