On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 the Jonesboro Police Department and Clayton County Sheriff's Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation into an officer involved use of force. The incident occurred at the Clayton County Courthouse Annex, located at 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 9:35 a.m., while court was in session, an individual inside a courtroom was instructed by a Clayton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy to put away an electronic device. The CCSO deputy then requested the individual step outside of the courtroom where a second CCSO deputy responded to assist. The two deputies removed the individual to a hallway area where he became combative. During the altercation, one of the officers deployed a Taser and the second officer discharged his weapon. The individual was struck by one round. The individual was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he is still receiving medical treatment. No officers were injured during this incident. Criminal charges will be taken by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney's Office for review.