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Driver who died in shoot-out identified

Photo by Elaine Rackley

Photo by Elaine Rackley

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man has died from injuries suffered during a shoot-out with Clayton County sheriff’s deputies, said officials.

Sheriff’s Capt. Brian Crisp said Jalen Lathon Ricks, 19, died Thursday morning at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

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Jalen Ricks

Clayton County sheriff's deputies returned fire on Ricks, who shot at them after fleeing a traffic stop, said Crisp. The deputy was hit with birdshot and was treated and released Thursday afternoon, he said.

Crisp said Ricks was driving recklessly through a school zone near Jonesboro High School about 8 a.m. Thursday. When a deputy initiated a traffic stop, Ricks fled, said Crisp. The deputy lost Ricks in a neighborhood, he said.

Clayton County Sheriff Assistant Chief Shawn Southerland. said while police searched for the car, a maroon Crown Victoria, a Warwick Drive resident called 911 to report they saw a man jump out of the car with “a long gun and a bag” and that the man ran into the woods at the end of the Warwick Drive cul-de-sac.

Angela Guzman said she flagged down the police when she saw them in her cul-de-sac and showed them the direction Ricks ran.

Guzman, who speaks very little English, had her husband, Miguel Guzman to interpret for her. He said he did not witness the incident.

She said she was looking out of her window when she saw Ricks speeding into the subdivision.

She said Ricks was wearing a light yellow hoodie when he ran into the woods across the street from her home. She added, she saw him pull a long gun from under his shoulder.

“Our officers arrived on the scene and [were] about to go into the woodline when the suspect fired on the officers,” Southerland said.

Crisp said six deputies responded to the scene and Ricks opened fire on them, hitting one. Deputies returned fire and hit him, he said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in as a matter of routine to investigate the officer-involved shooting, said Crisp. The six deputies are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the GBI investigation, he said.

Crisp said deputies have no idea why Ricks fled the stop.

“We’re still investigating the reason he fled,” said Crisp.

“The suspect has a very limited criminal history,” Southerland added. “We hope the investigation will give us a reason why he did this. Right now we do not have a motive.”

The shooting comes more than a year after Clayton County sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly was killed July 20, 2011, during a felony fugitive traffic stop in Riverdale. Daly, 55, is the first countywide officer in Clayton to die by gunfire in the line of duty. His killer, Johnathan Bun, 18, is serving life without parole.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

........This county was once a peaceful place, not too long ago.

....What happened ?

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MD 1 year, 4 months ago

Metro Atlanta has become a very violent place. It used to be just downtown Atlanta. Now its all over Gwinnett, Clayton, the northside, Douglasville, southside. Atlanta metro has become a magnet for other cities thugs to move to. This is "where the action is" for them. Easy money, lots of loose women,drugs, and little chance of getting caught. Murder, rape, armed robbery, theft is worse here than in any large city I ever lived in.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

...MD; Thanks for the response, however, I was looking for the recipe for this dysfunctional plague, and the roots to It's Ingredients. .... I grew up in Atlanta during the '50's, and didn't arrive in Clayton County until 1960 or 1961. I continued to go to Atlanta until 1976. Most of my fondness memories is from Atlanta. I have been running from this dysfunctional plague for most of my life, and what I have seen during that time, it seems to follow the progress made by others.

......Many are still running from it.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

......Escalating into full blown shootouts, in residential neighborhoods, is a life that is not meant to exist for our American civilized culture; But yet, we are forced to accept this way of life by our laws.

....If anyone views this as a normal way to exist, then maybe you have been infected with this dysfunctional plague.

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MD 1 year, 4 months ago

The taxpayers will not have to support him in jail now.

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Robert 1 year, 4 months ago

This incident is just one more example of a young person making series after series of progressive mistakes which, as seen, can lead to fatal consequences. The parents of this young man had nineteen years to instill in him how to make the right decisions, how to act responsibly and they failed both him, themselves and society. Where did he get that gun from ? Why was he driving recklessly enough, within a school zone no less, to draw the attention of one of our law enforcement officers ? Why did he run from the police and what possessed his mind to fire on them? Answers to questions we may never know. I fear for today's children where the things that are considered good are looked at as bad and the things that are bad are viewed as good. When society, as a whole, imitates the values of the rich a society will prosper. When society inmates the values of the poor society will falter and fail. Parents need to closely monitor what their children read, the music they listen to, the friends they hang around with, where they are and where they are going. More so today than ever before. My heart goes out to the mother that now has to bury her son like so many others before her and like so many other mothers will do in the future if society continues down this wretched road we're on. Candlelight vigils and memorials haven't improved anything. Web pages and vinyl car stickers haven't either. The only thing that can effect true change is the mind. When you impress upon a little mind of a nine year old that cars, guns, police, other people and yourself are to be respected then you might not have to bury your child at nineteen. There is so much more that should be said but it has all been said before and yet, here we are again.

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MD 1 year, 4 months ago

Clayton County is raising hundreds just like that kid. Just a matter of time until they are behind bars. I cut no slack. It is what it is. Its the worthless parents having them. They are baby makers, and that is all. Some having kids with as many women as possible like its a contest with their friends to see who can pregnate the most women. Most of my neighbors will cheat on their wife in a second if they get a chance, and readily let me know it! There parents were the same way, I'll bet money on it. Its a chain that until its broken, will never end. Only black america can fix this, and only when they decide they have had enough. I see no sign of that at this time. Its life as usual. I suppose this rubs a few the wrong way, because they know I am right. So be it.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

.....We always hear about the "needs" of the "communities", however, we seldom hear about new standards being implemented and accepted. The conduct of an area often depends on the behavior and actions of it's population; However, the bad influences in Clayton County continues to be accepted and continues to serve no other purpose than hinder the upkeep and improvements for this county, and what worse, the destiny of this county was foreseen over 20 years ago.

......When ordinances has to be placed into our codes, to convince the male population to pull up their pants in public places; Something went wrong, somewhere.

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sadbutnotsurprised 1 year, 4 months ago

Well-said, Robert. You are very discerning and courageous to "speak the truth, in love" - to quote the Bible, another source that urges us to respect authority (see Romans 13). It's a whole mindset that has changed in recent years. I believe some people actually think, also, that they don't have to obey police. That's erroneous. They have rights, but among them is NOT the disobedience of police. The police are there for our own good and protection. They risk their lives daily for us, and look how they are rewarded, with an ambush, with bad attitudes, second-guessing by the same people who would be first in line to complain if they NEEDED the police. At any rate, most importantly, thank God the officer will be okay!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

.......Sad; Riddle Me with This :

Do you support or oppose our State Self Defense Laws of Georgia and Our Individual Rights under The Second Amendment ?

....The reason why I ask you this, is because I noticed that you stated "disobedience of police" and "obey police", but I didn't see anything about Obeying Our Laws in your statement. The Police are here to Enforce Our Laws..... Our Laws is what we obey; We show respect to our Law Enforcement Officers and by doing this, We should expect the same respect from them.

.....Just Asking.

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Robert 1 year, 4 months ago

On the topic of our police. IF the Atlanta Falcons starting paying pro-football players $37,000 a year how much of a football team would Atlanta have? Where in the rankings do you think they would be? If you want the best you have to pay the best. (Go Tech -BTW)

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

Robert : " If you want the best you have to pay the best"

.....This is why we have Chief Porter and Victor Hill !!!!

......What I like about Police, compared to pro-football players, we don't have stand in line to ask for their signatures !!!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 4 months ago

...The best habit to form is to Obey Our Laws and Display Respect for Our Police Officers,

.......This don't mean to disrespect your Lawful Rights or Yourself.

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