• Police shoot man outside Walton County hotel after dispute

    By: Chelsea Prince, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    WALTON COUNTY, Ga. - The GBI was called to the scene of its 76th officer-involved shooting investigation late Monday night.

    The latest shooting was the result of a 911 hang-up call at a Walton County hotel, according to city of Monroe police. Officers arrived at the Haven Inn and Suites on West Spring Street just before 9:30 p.m. and determined there was some type of dispute involving an unidentified man.

    According to the GBI, officers tried repeatedly to identify a man on the scene. That man, 35-year-old Chad Joyner, was ultimately found in a Jeep. He refused officers' orders and accelerated, the agency said.

    An officer fired at the vehicle, hitting Joyner at least twice. Joyner was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. He was still in the hospital Tuesday morning, the GBI said.

    No officers were injured in the incident.

    The officer who fired at the vehicle has been placed on routine administrative leave, and the GBI is now leading the investigation, according to Monroe police. 

    This article was written by Chelsea Prince, with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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