Clayton Police Department Officer Involved Shooting

February 1, 2018

Clayton, GA (February 1, 2018) - On Thursday, February 1, 2018, at approximately 3:09 AM, a Clayton Police Officer initiated a traffic stop for speeding in a Honda Accord on Georgia Highway 441 South in Clayton, Georgia.  The vehicle was traveling 68 mph in a 45 mph zone.  Immediately upon attempting to stop the vehicle, the Accord accelerated and a chase ensued.  The Accord turned onto Rickman Road and ultimately crashed on a private drive at 547 Warwoman Road, Clayton, Georgia.  Upon arriving at the scene, the officer gave verbal commands for the subject to remain in the vehicle.  The subject exited the rear window and made his way onto the roof of the vehicle.  The subject then, armed with a knife, jumped off the hood of the vehicle towards the officer.  The subject advanced towards the officer, swinging the knife, at which time the officer fired multiple gunshots at the subject.  The subject was struck and died at the scene.   

The autopsy is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in DeKalb County. 

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.  The officer has been placed on administrative leave.  


Contact: Nelly Miles – Public Affairs Director | nelly.miles@gbi.ga.gov