Breaking: GBI investigating Athens officer-involved shooting of suspect allegedly armed with machete

Athens, GA (October 6, 2019) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports it has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 5 that involved an Athens-Clarke County police officer.

According to a press release from the GBI, the preliminary investigation indicates that just before 5 p.m. on Saturday officers responded to a domestic-related incident at University Gardens Apartments located on Baxter Drive in Athens. When officers arrived, they were confronted by a male subject from North Carolina who was allegedly armed with a machete. He reportedly ignored commands to drop the machete and attacked one of the officers. The officer fired at the subject, striking him. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

GBI reports that no officers were injured in the incident. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Athens-Clarke County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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