An attempted traffic stop in Georgia this week took a series of increasingly dramatic turns, ultimately leading the pursuing officer to fatally shoot the motorist he had been chasing.
As Fox News reported, a Clayton police officer tried to stop the driver on suspicion of speeding. Police footage of the high-speed pursuit shows the moment it ended in a serious crash.
The officer reportedly observed the driver moving inside the vehicle and relayed the information to dispatchers.
According to the Macon Telegraph, the deceased suspect was identified as 28-year-old Brett Dontae Bush. The officer involved had not been named as of the latest reports available.
“He’s trying to break the glass and get out,” he said. “I don’t know if he has anything — I can’t see him.”
In a scene that played out on camera, Clayton Police Chief Andy Strait explained to reporters that the driver was able to kick through the Honda Accord’s rear glass and climb onto its roof. Allegedly armed with a knife, the man jumped toward the officer but landed unceremoniously on the pavement.
After the suspect rose to his fee, Strait said the officer had little time to act.
“Officer is continually giving him verbal commands, ‘Stop or I’ll shoot,'” the chief said. “And the suspect says, ‘I don’t care.’ At one point continues at the officer in a slashing motion, stabbing motion, within less than a foot and the officer was forced to shoot.”
He added that the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reportedly reviewing the case.
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[Featured image: Georgia Bureau of Investigation/video screenshot]