An Adairsville police officer is on administrative leave after authorities say he fatally shot a man during an early Tuesday traffic stop.
Charles Leon Johnson II, 29, died about 12:40 a.m. when he tried to escape the traffic stop, dragging the officer along the road. The officer, who authorities refused to name, fired once at Johnson, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
According to statements from Adairsville police and the GBI:
The GBI said the officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on Ga. 140, at the northbound entrance to I-75. The officer checked the license of the driver, identified as Johnson, and discovered he was wanted for simple battery. He then tried to arrest Johnson, the GBI said.
“When trying to effect the arrest, the officer was dragged by the car,” special agent in charge Greg Ramey said.
The officer shot at Johnson, killing him. The patrolman was treated for injuries, but required no hospitalization.
Interim Adairsville Police Chief Arnold Gillman asked for the GBI to investigate. The officer was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation’s outcome, per police policy.
“We don’t ever release the name of the officer,” said Sherry Lang, with the GBI. “We don’t release the names of officers in use-of-force cases.”
The GBI will hand over the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office once complete.
Tuesday’s shooting is the most recent officer-involved fatality in several months. A grand jury last week cleared a Euharlee police officer of any wrongdoing in the Feb. 14 shooting of a 15-year-old.
Police Cpl. Nancy Beth Gatny was helping serve a warrant at a Euharlee Road home in Bartow County when Christopher Roupe answered the door. Officers believed he held a gun, and Gatny shot Roupe in the chest. He later died.
The Cherokee Judicial Circuit district attorney presented a proposed indictment charging Gatny with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.
However, the grand jury returned a “no bill,” indicating there was no sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
Previously posted (GBI and Adairsville Police Department Press Release):
At 12:40 this morning an Adairsville Police Officer stopped a suspicious vehicle. After stopping the vehicle, the officer checked the license of the driver. The driver, Charles Leon Johnson, II, 29, was wanted on a simple battery charge. As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee dragging the officer along the road.
The officer fired once at Johnson, killing him. The incident occurred on Highway 140 at the northbound entrance to Interstate 75. The officer has received medical attention but his injuries did not require him to be hospitalized.
Adairsville Police Interim Chief Arnold Gillman requested the GBI investigate the incident. When the investigation is completed it will be turned over to the district attorney for review.
Adairsville, Georgia-According to Interim Police Chief Arnold E. Gillman, on July 22, 2014 an Adairsville patrol officer fatally shot a perpetrator at approximately 12:45 a.m.
The patrol officer was injured by the perpetrator and treated at a nearby hospital.
In accordance with departmental procedure, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the shooting. As per standard practice the patrol officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
No further details are available at this time pending family notifications and due to the on-going nature of the investigation. See Calhountimes.com or an upcoming Calhoun Times edition for updates on this investigation.