A Clayton County officer shot and killed a suspect during a struggle on Interstate 75 early Thursday morning.
So far, police have not released the name of the suspect.
The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. on I-75 near Old Dixie Highway, according to Clayton County police.
Investigators said an officer was traveling northbound on the interstate on his way to work when he observed a suspicious person standing next to a vehicle on the right shoulder of the expressway.
They did not say why the man appeared suspicious.
“The officer exited his vehicle and began a conversation with the subject,” police spokesman Officer Gary Siblis said. “The subject became combative with the officer and started to fight the officer.”
The suspect allegedly attempted to take the officer’s weapon, Officer Siblis said.
“The officer was able to maintain control of his weapon and, fearing for his life, was able to stop the actions of the suspect, by firing a shot,” Officer Siblis said. “The subject died at the scene as result of his injuries.”
Clayton County police Capt. Steve Branham told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the unidentified officer “witnessed what appeared to be a crime in progress.”
But Capt. Branham gave no details about that alleged crime. He said the suspect fled when officer approached him.
“The officer was able to catch up to him a short distance later,” Capt. Branham said.
The suspect began fighting with the officer, and “during this confrontation, the subject appeared to be taking the officer’s weapon,” Capt. Branham told the paper. “During the struggle over the weapon, the weapon discharged and it struck the individual.”
The officer was not injured, Branham said.
Officials used crime scene tape to cordon off a portion of the interstate for the remainder of the morning rush hour, with northbound traffic squeezing by in the two left northbound lanes.
The suspect’s body could be seen lying on the ground near the passenger side of a silver Honda sedan that was parked in the right emergency lane, the paper reported.
This incident has been turned over to the Clayton County’s Office of Professional Standards and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for investigation.
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