GBI NEWS RELEASE
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) investigation involving a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.
The initial investigation revealed that a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted a traffic stop on US Hwy 319/Georgia Highway 35, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Stephen Joe Clark, age 45, of Boston, Thomas County, Georgia refused to stop. Thomas County Deputies pursued Clark to Georgia Highway 122 where Deputies initiated intentional contact with Clark’s vehicle in an attempt to stop Clark. Clark continued to flee and traveled to Skyline Drive where Deputies initiated another intentional contact with Clark’s vehicle. Clark’s vehicle spun and stopped in the roadway on Skyline Drive. A Thomas County Deputy exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to utilize his Taser to stop Clark.
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