ATLANTA - A man is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting in southeast Atlanta, police said.
The shooting happened Thursday evening at a Citgo gas station on Jonesboro Road near Conley Road. Police said an officer was trying to make a traffic stop. Channel 2’s Eric Philips spoke to a man who said he was with the suspect during the shooting.
“(I will) have nightmares behind that,” Gary Griffin told Philips.
Griffin was in the car with 21-year-old Will Otis King when, Atlanta police said, an officer was trying to stop their Pontiac Grand Prix.
“That fit the description of vehicles that had been involved in some armed robberies in the area,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told Philips.
“He said 'Stop the car. Stop the car'. And Will said, ‘I’m going to get out of here,’” Griffin said.
Griffin said King started to take off, and the officer hit the driver’s side window with a gun in hand.
“He hit the car with the gun three times. One, two, and the third time … the gun discharged, and shot Will in the side of the face,” Griffin said.
Police said the driver took off and drove to an apartment complex about a half-mile away on Conley Road.
“Blood was pouring out like water,” Griffin said.
Police said King then got out and ran, jumping into another car that took him to South Fulton Medical Center. He was later transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is in critical but stable condition.
“I ain't never seen nobody shot like that,” Griffin said.
Police said King is wanted in Clayton County for cruelty to children charges and a probation violation on weapons charges. More charges are pending in Thursday’s incident.
The officer who fired his weapon is on administrative leave while the investigation continues.