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GBI: Deputy opens fire after man takes off in car, drives toward him

By Henri Hollis – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Shaddi Abusaid – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The incident in Douglas County was one of two officer-involved shootings in the state

A Douglas County deputy opened fire Monday after a stabbing suspect took off in his patrol car and drove toward him, the GBI said Tuesday.

Authorities said the deputy responded to a home in the 5000 block of Lake Field Drive about 7:30 a.m. When he entered the house, authorities said he found a woman with stab wounds.

The suspect, identified by the GBI as 40-year-old Kilpatrick Key, was located on the second floor of the home. He jumped from an interior balcony, ran out the front door and got into the deputy’s patrol car, the GBI said in a news release.

“Key drove the patrol car toward the deputy, who was struck by the front of the vehicle,” the release said. “The deputy fired at the car during the incident.”

Key drove the deputy’s car to the 3700 block of Reynolds Road, where he crashed. He ran from the wreck, but was captured by deputies a short time later, the GBI said. He was taken to the Douglas County Jail and is being held without bond on multiple felonies, authorities said.

The woman found stabbed inside the home was taken to Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition. Authorities have not said what prompted the stabbing or how Key and the woman knew each other.

The deputy struck by his patrol car suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Wellstar Cobb Hospital and later released, according to the GBI.

Authorities are also investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday in South Georgia.

A Grady County sheriff’s deputy pursuing a pickup truck that took off from a traffic stop shot and injured the driver early Tuesday morning in neighboring Mitchell County, according to the GBI.

Authorities said the incident began shortly after 1 a.m. when the deputy tried to stop the truck for equipment failure. According to the initial investigation, the truck driver drove away and the deputy gave chase.

At one point during the chase, both cars stopped and the deputy attempted to arrest the driver of the pickup, authorities said. According to the GBI, the truck drove toward the deputy and he fired multiple shots, injuring the driver. The chase continued despite the suspects’ injury.

The pickup truck finally stopped at the intersection of Ga. 97 and Mt. Olive Road, where deputies from both Mitchell and Decatur counties were waiting for the suspect, the GBI said. Once the driver of the pickup truck was in custody, it was discovered that they had been shot, the GBI said.

A pistol was reported stolen in Grady County was also recovered at the scene, according to the GBI.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, but the GBI has not released their condition or identified the suspect. No sheriff’s deputies were injured during the pursuit.

So far this year, the GBI has been asked to investigate 73 officer-involved shootings in the state. The agency has not specified if Douglas is No. 74 and South Georgia is No. 75.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don’t involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the state agency’s tally.