GBI: Athens police shoot after man fires gun, flees

GBI: Athens police shoot after man fires gun, flees
GBI: Athens police shoot after man fires gun, flees

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Athens.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) says officers opened fire on a man who fled from officers on May 3 after he had fired his weapon at least once.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of Hickman Drive at Bethel Homes in Athens. Police officers were on patrol and tried to make contact with 25-year-old Walter McGuire of Colbert, but he ran away. McGuire got into a car and fired a gun, and at least one officer fired their weapon back, according to a news release from the GBI. McGuire then left the scene in the car and was arrested after a pursuit. No one was injured in the shooting.

McGuire was taken to the hospital and treated, then released back into police custody.

GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles says the agency will conduct an independent investigation. ACCPD says the police officer involved will be placed on administrative leave. Once complete, the GBI will release the case file to the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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