An Avondale Estates Police officer shot and killed a man after a struggle behind the Avondale Patillo United Methodist Church off of Covington Highway on July 15, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
John Bankhead, a spokesman for the GBI who was on the scene, said that at approximately noon an officer made a routine traffic stop and pulled an individual into the parking lot of the church located at 3260 Covington Highway.
“The shooting had nothing to do with the traffic stop,” Bankhead said. “A church worker had seen a suspicious man out in front of the building acting in a strange manner and went and told the officer.”
Bankhead said the officer then approached the individual and the church worker walked off. When she turned around again the officer and the suspect were gone.
“The suspect ran off and he was chasing him and they wound up on the opposite side of the church in the woods…there was a struggle and the suspect was armed and apparently reaching for his weapon and the officer shot him,” Bankhead said.
According to Bankhead the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was being transported to Grady Hospital but died en route so his body was then transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiners Office.
The officer involved suffered no injuries.