The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a chase of a possible murder suspect in Clayton County on Friday ended in a deadly shootout that killed the suspect and a police K-9.
Clayton County police officers spotted a vehicle associated with a murder investigation just before noon. The Georgia State Patrol and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist with the attempted stop, Fox 5 reports.
The GBI says the driver initially pulled over, but as troopers approached the vehicle on foot, the driver sped off. Troopers used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle.
Witnesses describe seeing law enforcement try to get the suspect to come out peacefully from the woods.
Georgia State Patrol K-9 Figo was sent to coax the man out, but the GBI says the man opened fire, striking and mortally wounding the dog. Troopers and deputies then opened fire on the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.