GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Cherokee County, GA
Cherokee County, Georgia (WDEF) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting incident.
According to the GBI, the incident occurred at Highway 92 and Dixie Drive following a vehicle pursuit through multiple jurisdictions involving a stolen Bartow County Sheriff patrol car.
The GBI says a Bartow County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a suspicious person entering autos call in Acworth in Bartow County and located the suspicious person, who GBI later identified as Lorenzo Leon Taylor of Mississippi. While interviewing Taylor, the GBI says a witness to the suspicious person call approached the deputy. The GBI says as the deputy and witness were speaking, Taylor got into the deputy’s patrol car and fled.
Bartow County Sheriff’s Deputies, Cobb County Police, and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the pursuit through all three counties.
After several unsuccessful attempts to stop the stolen patrol car, officer’s spun-out the stolen car but the GBI says Taylor continued to try to flee arrest, driving around the officers.
The GBI says Bartow County deputies fired shots and were able to immobilize the stolen patrol car. As officers tried to take Taylor into custody, GBI says Taylor took one of the Bartow County deputies guns so officers tackled and tasered Taylor.
According to the GBI, Taylor was shot twice and transported to the hospital for treatment where he became combative with medical staff and a tasered was deployed. The GBI says Taylor was sedated by medical staff and eventually released to the Bartow County Sheriff on charges associated with the stolen patrol car.
The GBI also says one officer suffered minor injuries during the chase.
The full press-release from the GBI can be found on their website.