Police shoot, kill man they say terrorized Athens community with gun, carjacked victim

ATHENS, Ga. — Police in Athens shot and killed a man they say terrorized people with a long gun and carjacked someone at gunpoint over the course of two days, the GBI said Sunday.

Police said that on May 22 at around 5:19 p.m., officers responded to Vine Street after people said a man was walking around with a long gun and trying to get into fights with strangers.

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As officers were searching for the subject, Athens Clarke-County Police got a call from Walker Park for a report of a man shooting a gun at a woman in her car. The woman sped away and met with officers. She wasn’t hurt.


Officers closed the park and searched for the man on foot as well as with K9s and drones, but were unable to find him.

On Sunday morning around 10:40 a.m., police got multiple calls about a man with a gun at the park. Police then got a call that the man had carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in the park.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the suspect inside the carjacked vehicle. Police said the man got out of the car with a gun and started making demands.

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Officers gave multiple commands for the suspect to put his weapon down but he did not comply.

Shot were fired and the suspect was shot. He was pronounced dead a the scene.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to handle the investigation. The officers involved have been put on administrative assignments pending a review.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. No officers or civilians were hurt.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Captain Christopher Nichols at 762-400-7161 or Christopher.Nichols@accgov.com. Media inquiries should be directed to accpdpio@accgov.com

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