A high-speed chase on Friday afternoon culminated in a deadly shooting involving Newnan Police and Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies. The incident left a sheriff’s deputy, a K-9, and the suspect dead, while another deputy sustained minor injuries. The chase, which reached speeds of up to 120mph, began on Interstate-85 and concluded in the vicinity of Herring Road and Palomino Drive. The suspect’s identity remains unknown, and investigations are underway to determine the sequence of events leading to the tragic outcome.
The pursuit commenced when deputies attempted to pull over a driver for speeding and a tint violation. However, instead of complying, the suspect allegedly revved his engine and passed the deputy on the interstate. Newnan Police officers joined the chase to assist the deputies. After the pursuit ended, the K-9 officer apprehended the suspect, who allegedly raised a gun at law enforcement as he exited the vehicle.
In response, officers fired shots, resulting in the suspect’s death. It remains unclear whether the suspect discharged any rounds during the incident. The K-9 was also shot, but it is uncertain who fired the shots that injured the animal. The injured deputy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries sustained in a head-on collision with the suspect.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the ongoing investigation into the incident. As per protocol, three Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies and one Newnan Police officer involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. The authorities have not yet released the identity of the deceased suspect.