Clayton cops involved in second shooting

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the second officer-involved shooting in Clayton County in five days.

An officer shot and killed a suspect during a traffic stop Wednesday night, said spokeswoman Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser. The suspect shot the driver of the car he was riding in before being shot dead himself. Watson-Fraser said the driver is being treated for his wounds at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Watson-Fraser declined to release either man’s name, citing notification of the next of kin. She said the dead man had outstanding warrants but did not know the details. The shooting happened after he and the driver were asked to exit the car.

“The officer asked the suspect to step out of the car and he tried to place him into custody,” she said. “The suspect fought with the officer around the waist, pulled out a gun and started shooting. The suspect shot the driver. One of the other officers shot the suspect.”

Two other occupants of the car were detained but Watson-Fraser said she didn’t know if they were arrested or charged. One other occupant fled the scene. At least one officer suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with the suspect, she said.

In a separate incident on Saturday, Sgt. Tracy Jakes said a domestic violence suspect held off police for several hours inside a unit at Sandlewood Apartments on Mount Zion Road. Jakes said the man, who has not been identified, assaulted a female at the residence before retreating into the apartment.

Jakes said officers tried without success to make contact with the man.

While he was barricaded inside the unit, officers discovered the suspect had outstanding warrants from DeKalb County. They then secured warrants for his arrest for the most recent alleged assault, she said.

Two hours later, police entered the unit and shots were fired when they encountered the suspect, said Jakes. No officers were injured, she said.

Jakes said the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Watson-Fraser said Wednesday’s shooting remains under investigation.