GBI Searching for Shooting Suspects

| September 2, 2014

140901 ChaseValdosta, GA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is searching for two men suspected of trying to run over a Georgia State Trooper with a stolen car.  The GBI reports the Trooper was attempting to stop a vehicle for speeding around 3:30 Monday morning. A silver Nissan led the trooper on a chase down Highway 41 and in to the Hudson Dockett area in Valdosta.

WCTV reports GBI Agent Steve Turner as saying “The Trooper was trying to pull them over. They pulled in to a grassy lot off Way Street. The Trooper got out to see if he could get him out of the vehicle. At that point, it appears that they may have tried to run over the Trooper with their vehicle, and because of that, the Trooper actually shot at the vehicle multiple times”.

The GBI reported that after the two men attempted to run over the Trooper, they drove about a block away where they abandoned the stolen vehicle and took off on foot.  Neighbors at the scene say they didn’t see or hear the incident because it happened so early Monday morning. According to the GBI, they are looking for two African American men, but have no suspects at this time.

GBI Agent Turner continued “We’d like to talk to these people. They may be injured. We don’t know. If they are, we need to get them some help. If not, they may be out to hurt someone else. So, they don’t need to be out, free on the street right now”.  He also says local hospitals are required to report all gunshot victims. If the suspects try to get medical help, the GBI will be notified.  The GBI reports the Trooper is shaken up, but wasn’t injured. Investigators are interviewing him to decide if he had a “justified use of force.”

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