Officers shoot, kill suspect who ran at them with knife, police say

Officers shot, killed man who ran at them with knife, police say

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was the scene of a deadly police shooting in Athens Monday.

Athens-Clarke County police said the shooting happened at 1005 Macon Highway shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi confirmed with the GBI the suspect is dead and one officer was treated at the scene with minor injuries.

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Athens-Clarke police said they received multiple calls about a man dripping blood and acting erratically. Police told Choi three officers responded to the scene, where the man had a knife.

Two officers fired shots at the man when he wouldn't put the knife down and ran toward them, according to police.


Video from NewsChopper 2 shows a large portion of the road blocked off by crime scene tape and evidence markers lining the highway.

The scene was near some apartments where many University of Georgia students live.

Police told Choi they do not believe the man, who was in his 20s, attended UGA.

The man's name will not be released until his family is notified. Per policy, the GBI will continue to lead the investigation. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave.