A state trooper shot a Decatur man in the stomach after the man allegedly pointed an object at him Thursday morning.
The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m., shortly after the trooper spotted Mr. Terico Powell being chased by another man near Fulton Industrial Boulevard, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
“The trooper stopped to investigate and ordered the men to stop,” the GSP’s spokesman Mr. Gordy Wright said.
During the encounter, Mr. Powell was ordered repeatedly by the trooper to drop an object he held in his hand, but Mr. Powell failed to comply, Mr. Wright said.
“The trooper fired his service weapon after Powell turned abruptly toward him and pointed an object at him which the trooper thought was a weapon,” Mr. Wright said.
As of Friday, investigators have not said what the object was that Mr. Powell had in his hand.
Mr. Powell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition was not known Friday.
The foot pursuit involving Mr. Powell and the driver of a tractor trailer began following a domestic dispute at the truck, Mr. Wright said.
The GBI and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident, along with the Office of Professional Standards of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
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