by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police have charged a man with aggravated assault of a police officer after they said he rammed two squad cars and then tried to run over an officer Monday night.
Sharon Speed told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik she heard what sounded like gunshots just before 7 p.m., then raced to the window of her business.
"I ran and saw a policeman running and trying to get in his car," she said. "It was a big to-do. Cars everywhere."
Moments earlier, Sandy Springs crime suppression officers were patrolling the shopping center looking for people breaking into cars, when Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department said they heard a car peel out.
"One our officers ran the tag and it came back stolen," said Rose.
When officers tried to stop Daves, Rose said he rammed two squad cars, then tried to run over an officer before driving onto Interstate 285 and eventually ditching the car.
"The officer fired into the car and later the man showed up at St. Joe's Hospital, gunshot wound to the leg," said Rose.
Rose said standard procedure requires Officer Ken Cannon to be on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the incident.
"There will be a review," he said.
Petchenik tracked down the owner of the stolen car in a suburb of Charlotte, N.C.
Brad Smith told Petchenik someone took his 2007 Toyota Camry Sunday afternoon right off his driveway.
"I was surprised," he told Petchenik.
Smith said he was even more surprised by where his car ended up.
"I'm thankful he wasn't killed," said Smith. "I'm thankful he was captured…and I'm thankful I'm not him."