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Video: Georgia Officer Shoots Man Going for Gun, Body Cam Footage Shows

April 25, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Georgia Officer Shoots Man Going for Gun, Body Cam Footage Shows

Police in Clarke County, GA, released body camera footage showing the tense moments during an officer-involved shooting after an officer attempted to stop someone for a liquor violation early Saturday morning.

Athens, GA, officer David Kelley stopped at a Golden Pantry store on Barnett Shoals Road while on routine patrol at about 3 a.m., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. There, he encountered two men in a car, pouring liquor into a cup, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Police said Kelley's body camera footage shows the officer also saw that one of the men, 22-year-old Justin Tramell Scott, had a firearm. Kelley gave multiple commands to Scott, but Scott reached for his firearm and Kelley shot twice, striking Scott once in the left side of his face.

Scott kept running despite his wound. He ran around the building as Kelley threatened to taze him. Scott stumbled and fell, but got up and ran for another three minutes, according to the footage.

Another officer later caught up to and arrested Scott across the street on Barnett Shoals. Scott will recover from his injuries.

Chief R. Scott Freeman said his officer did everything by the book.


Comments (7)

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Steve @ 4/25/2016 5:54 PM

Yeah .... I'll be sure to put on my Psychic Powers Hat and consider his delicate state of mind, as he pulls on me --
What a moron.

Federali @ 4/25/2016 6:06 PM

Watching this I have one question. Who's more "gangster", the bad guy or the cop! What's with that shooting grip?

Crispianranger @ 4/25/2016 6:57 PM

Who on earth taught the officer how to hold a handgun?????

Staniel @ 4/25/2016 7:56 PM

So the gun on the ground between the subject and the car... is that the subject's gun? I paused the video several times, and that is definitely a handgun.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/25/2016 8:31 PM

What's it matter how he held the gun??? I'm just glad the Officer didn't get injured or killed. He did what was neccesary to take out the threat and that's what's important.

Crispianranger @ 4/26/2016 6:22 PM

The point about how one holds a weapon is to indicate the type of training received. Obviously in a disputed shooting incident, any points that show the officer was not top of his game might be used by the "enemy" to aggravate the dispute. If you can't hold your firearm correctly, what else is being done wrong? Having survived shooting incidents myself, I know how critical this is...

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/26/2016 11:56 PM

Crispianranger, I understand how critical it is to handle a gun correctly. However, the important thing in this case is that Officer Kelley was able to remove the threat without being injured or killed. For that, I am thankful.

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