GBI: Douglasville police officer accidentally fired weapon at suspect

September 19, 2019
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GBI: Douglasville police officer accidentally fired weapon at suspect

DOUGLASVILLE — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating use of force by a Douglasville police officer who the bureau says may have fired his weapon by accident.

According to the GBI, preliminary information indicates that on Sept. 17, Douglas County F.I.N.D. (Felony, Interception, Narcotics, Detection) Unit and Georgia State Patrol were assisting with an operation. While attempting the arrest of a subject, identified as Pedro Santillan, age 28, a struggle ensued. A Georgia State Patrol Trooper discharged a taser during the struggle and a Douglasville Police Officer accidentally discharged his weapon, shooting Santillian. 

Santillian was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon release from the hospital, Santillian will be held in custody by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on methamphetamine trafficking charges. A second individual that fled from the scene was subsequently captured and is in custody in the Douglas County Detention Center. 

No officers were injured.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for review.


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