Clayton County

19-year-old driving stolen car shot, killed by Clayton County officer, GBI says

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County police shot and killed a 19-year-old after a traffic stop involving a stolen car, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Channel 2′s Tom Regan reported from the scene off Commerce Road as the investigation unfolded on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.

The shooting happened around 11:38 a.m. Monday when an uniformed officer was investigating a stolen car parked at IGM Surfaces, LLC in Morrow, Georgia.

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The GBI said 19-year-old Eric Holmes approached the officer. The officer said he spoke with Holmes, who said he wasn’t aware the car was stolen.

As he talked to the officer, the GBI said Holmes abruptly walked away, entered the stolen car and started the engine.

The officer then commanded Holmes to stop.


The officer fired several shots and the man left the scene in the stolen car. The officer requested assistance and started to pursue Holmes in his marked patrol car.

Holmes drove up Commerce Drive and veered into a ditch about a quarter mile up the road. The officer pulled Holmes from the car and placed him under arrest. The GBI said the officer did provide initial medical care until paramedics arrived.

Holmes was transported to a nearby local hospital, where he died. The GBI said two handguns were recovered from the car.

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The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office for review.

This is the 105th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2022.