A person is hospitalized, accused of firing at a Cartersville police officer Thursday morning. The officer was not injured.
Here’s the latest from the GBI, which has been asked to investigate the case by Cartersville Police Department:
Preliminary information indicates that around 6:20 a.m., Cartersville police officers were dispatched to the Circle K at 902 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in reference to a person with a gun.
The officer saw a man, later identified as Jose Luis Rivera, age 45, in the parking lot of the Circle K. Rivera had his hands behind his back. The officer asked Rivera to show his hands, at which point Rivera ran behind the Circle K and away from the officer.
During the short chase, Rivera shot at the officer and the officer fired back at Rivera, hitting him. Rivera was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police recovered a handgun from the scene. Before the officers arrived at Circle K, witnesses stated Rivera fired a gun into the front glass window of the Circle K and pointed a gun at customers in the parking lot.
The GBI has issued arrest warrants for Rivera, charging him with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation and once complete, the case will be given to the Bartow County District Attorney’s Office for review.
This is the 103rd officer involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2022.