• Man shot when police try to break up fight at Henry County sports bar, police say

    By: Tom Jones

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    HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - What was meant to be a night of fun ended with police shooting a man.

    Henry County police say a fight broke out in the parking lot of the Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill that led to officers shooting the man.

    Police told Channel 2’s Tom Jones they later found a gun in the parking lot. They did not say what role it played in the shooting.

    Two officers were in the area and witnessed the altercation around 2:30 a.m. Monday on Highway 155, police said. 

    They decided to break it up.

    “When they initiated contact with the individuals, some type of foot chase or fight with the officers ensued,” said Capt. Joey Smith, with the Henry County Police Department.

    Officers ended up shooting the man.

    “He was last in serious condition,” Smith said.


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    All police would say is the officers felt the need to use deadly force.

    Throughout the day Monday, Jones saw several evidence cones around a car in the parking lot of the sports bar. He said it appeared one of the car’s windows had been shot out.

    Channel 2’s cameras recorded video of what looked like a weapon under the car where the shooting took place.

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later confirmed officers did find a weapon at the scene.

    Now, officers are working to speak with witnesses to get their accounts of what happened.

    “We have spoken to some individuals that are providing us some information,” Smith said.

    A worker told Jones he was working on getting surveillance video from inside the bar for police to look at.

    Henry County police have asked the GBI to take over the investigation.

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