Athens police investigating 5th officer-involved shooting this year


Area where Athens-Clarke County police were investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday morning


By Joe Johnson

Athens-Clarke County police Monday morning were investigating an officer-involved shooting on the west side.

The county had issued an alert at 10:39 a.m. that the intersection of Westchester and Chalfont drives had been closed and would remain so until further notice.

Athens-Clarke County Deputy Police Chief Jeff Clark confirmed for Classic City News that the roadway was closed due to someone being shot and possibly killed by police.

Clark said he had no additional information about the incident,

Police Public Information Officer Geof Gilland said he could not immediately answer any questions concerning the shooting.

"We will provide additional information when possible,"Gilland said.

"In accordance with our standing policy, the ACCPD has contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who have agreed to handle the investigation,"the police spokesman said

The incident marked the fifth time this year that an Athens-Clarke County police officer shot someone in the line of duty.

On Oct. 6, a police officer shot and seriously wounded a man who police said attacked him with a machete when the officer responded to a report of domestic violence at University Garden Apartments on Baxter Drive.

On July 1, officers fatally shot a man who was behaving irrationally prior to charging at officer with a knife at the entrance of River Club apartments off Macon Highway.

Another man was shot and killed while holding a gun in April on Hull Road. Police wanted to speak to the man as part of a peeping Tom complaint when the man pointed a shotgun at officers.

The fifth police shooting happened in March when a man was shot and killed as he approached officers while pointing a gun in a parking lot on West Lake Drive.


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