Bartow County

Witness describes moments leading up to Ga. police shooting at busy intersection

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. — The investigation into the circumstances surrounding a shooting in a busy intersection continues Monday.

Cartersville police told Channel 2′s Larry Spruill that around 3 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to a crash on Highway 41 when they saw a man walking in the road with a gun.

As police arrived at the scene, the man opened fire on the officers and they fired back.

A witness told Channel 2 Action News that this was the moment they started recording with their cell phone.

“I thought it was a normal high-speed chase. ‘I heard them screaming, ‘Get on the ground. Get on the ground. Put your hands on the ground,’” they told Spruill.

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In the video, you can hear rapid gunshots followed by a plume of white smoke that could be seen coming from a white car.

Channel 2 Action News cameras saw several bullet holes in the front window shield of the car.

“The initial shot was just one and then when I saw the police shooting, it could be like 15-20 I heard,” the witness said.


Investigators said when the suspect began to shoot, officers shot back.

No injuries were reported.

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Cartersville Police arrested the suspect. His name and charges have not been released.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told Channel 2 Action News that they have not been called to investigate this shooting.


Larry Spruill

Larry Spruill, WSB-TV

Larry Spruill Jr. has been part of the WSB-TV family since March 2022. He is an Emmy Nominated Journalist with over 12 years of news and storytelling experience.