CONYERS, Ga. - A Georgia State Patrol trooper said he was forced to shoot a man after a traffic stop Thursday morning.
It happened along Salem Road in Rockdale County.
A Georgia State Patrol trooper riding into Atlanta noticed a car driving too close to another and attempted to pull them over.
The trooper said he forced the car to pulled over behind a QT gas station, and according to the
trooper, the man then made several moves that forced him to take action.
"The troopers pulled alongside to block the exit on the driver side. The suspect exited the vehicle on the passenger side, attempted to flee, brandished a weapon, trooper fired, hit the suspect in the thigh," said Gordy Wright of the Ga. State Patrol.
That man has been identified as Cardal Dwayne Haywood, 20.
Troopers said Haywood ran toward the woodline behind the strip mall, and was waving a gun around when the trooper opened fire.
A witness showed Channel 2's Ryan Young cellphone video which showed the suspect being put into handcuffs after the shooting.
Witnesses told Young they were shocked to hear gunshots in the neighborhood.
"Out my back door, I heard like five, six gunshots," witness Will Jackson said.
"Two blocks down I heard gunshots. I looked to my right and I saw police pulling up, seen a guy on the floor, just kind of left it alone from there," witness Keith Von said.
Investigators took 3-D images of the scene to help with their investigation.
The trooper was not hurt in the incident. Haywood is expected to fully recover.