Newnan, Coweta County, GA (August 26, 2023) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Coweta County, Georgia. The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Newnan Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on August 25, 2023. One man, identified as Anthony Richard Fields II, age 27, of Snellville, GA, was shot and killed. One deputy and one K-9 were injured in this incident.
The preliminary information indicates that on Friday, August 25, 2023, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the members of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop Fields for speeding. Fields did not stop, at which time deputies initiated a pursuit. Officers with the Newnan Police Department joined in to assist the deputies. During the pursuit, Fields wrecked his vehicle into a Coweta County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle. Fields got out of the vehicle, and the K-9 was released to apprehend him. Fields pointed a handgun at deputies, at which time deputies fired their weapons and shot Fields multiple times. Deputies, officers, and EMS rendered first aid. Fields died at the scene.
The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Fields.
One Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was injured in the wreck and was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injury. A K-9 officer was shot during the incident and was taken to the vet where he was treated for the injury. Both the deputy and K-9 officer were treated and released.
This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Columbus at 706-565-7888. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.