GBI investigating after subject fires on Georgia State Trooper with assault-style rifle

Colbert, GA (January 22, 2020) – On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, several law enforcement agencies were involved in the search for a man who allegedly fired on a Georgia State Trooper with an assault-style rifle. According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the agency was requested by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol to investigate a shooting incident involving a GSP trooper.

“Around 10:10 p.m., a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by the suspect, Tim Carruth, 24, of Colbert, GA. Carruth attempted to get away in the vehicle. The trooper performed a “P.I.T.” maneuver, causing Carruth’s vehicle to become stuck on the side of GA Highway 72. Carruth exited the vehicle and began firing at the trooper with an assault-style rifle. The trooper returned fire. Neither the trooper nor Carruth was injured by gunfire. Carruth then ran into the nearby pasture and woods,” GBI public affairs director Nelly Miles reported in a press release.

Carruth was located about two hours later with the assistance of a Georgia Department of Corrections K-9. He was subsequently charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and more charges are expected.

Responding agencies included the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, GSP, GBI, the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the University of Georgia Police Department, the Danielsville Police Department, and the Comer Police Department.

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