The Gist: A Georgia State Patrol officer shot a man at wielding a knife at a gas station in Atlanta.
Time of Incident: 5:22 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27
How it Happened: According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that at approximately 5:22 p.m., an off duty Georgia State Patrol trooper was getting gas at the BP gas station at 448 Boulevard SE, Atlanta. While at the station, a man chased another man into the gas station. The off duty trooper followed the men into the store.
Witnesses report that one man was armed with a knife and was attempting to stab the other man.
According to the GBI, the trooper gave commands for the man to drop the knife. The trooper left the store, and the man with the knife followed him.
The man advanced towards the trooper with the knife, as the trooper backed away. The man continued to move towards the trooper and failed to comply with commands to drop the knife, according to the GBI.
The trooper fired his gun, shooting the man.
The man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is in critical condition.
A knife was recovered from the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.