Kidnapping suspect shot, killed by officers in downtown Decatur, GBI says

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A kidnapping suspect was shot and killed by officers during a foot chase in downtown Decatur, authorities said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Chamblee police officers received an emergency call about a man being kidnapped around 11 p.m. Monday.

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Officers were able to get a description of the suspect’s car and the clothing of the victim from the 911 caller. The GBI said that officers were also told that the suspect was armed with a handgun.

The suspect was later identified as 21-year-old Tyrone Penny.

A short time later, officers found the car in Chamblee and attempted to pull Penny over but the he sped off, driving into Decatur, GBI said.

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Officers were later able to stop the car and Penny ran off onto the railroad tracks near West Howard Avenue, GBI said.

During the foot chase, the GBI said that officers attempted to use a Taser on the man but it was ineffective. At some point during the encounter with Penny, the GBI said officers shot him. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The car Penny was in was reported stolen out of DeKalb County, GBI said. A handgun was found on the ground near him, officials said.

The GBI said that the victim was safe and not physically hurt. Officers received minor injuries during the chase, authorities said.

The GBI is continuing to investigate this shooting. This is the 30th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been called to investigate in 2021.