Bartow County

GSP Trooper shoots man who tried to run him over during multiple county pursuit

POLK COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia man is in the hospital after a multi-county chase that involved him trying to run over a State Patrol trooper who tried to stop him.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the incident since it involved an officer firing his weapon at a suspect.

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The incident started as a traffic stop in the city of Aragon in Polk County late Friday night according to the GBI. Investigators say an Aragon Police officer tried to pull over 27-year-old Shannon Thompson.

Aragon is about an hour northwest of Atlanta.

Police say Thompson took off from the stop with Aragon police in pursuit. While police were chasing Thompson, the officer called the Georgia State Patrol’s help as the chase went from Polk County to Bartow County.

GBI Investigators say the trooper was able to execute a PIT maneuver on Thompson’s vehicle in Taylorsville, causing him to drive into a field off of Main Street. That is when investigators say Thompson drove out of the field and towards the trooper who was standing in the road.

The trooper shot at Thompson’s vehicle, hitting him in the arm, police said. Thompson drove back towards Polk County as officers continued to chase him.


A second trooper tried to conduct a PIT maneuver on Thompson’s vehicle only to have him ram the trooper’s car. Thompson lost control and crashed into a nearby ditch.

GBI Investigators say Thompson ran out of his vehicle into some nearby woods. One of the GSP Troopers shot Thompson with his taser and arrested him.

After treating Thompson’s gunshot wound, he was transported to Floyd Medical Center for treatment.

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