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Officer-involved shooting in Avondale Estates

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AVONDALE ESTATES, GA (CBS46) -

Investigators were on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Avondale Estates on Friday night. Witnesses said a suspect got into a scuffle with an officer and the officer shot him.

Avondale Estates Chief of Police Gary Broden said it started around 5:45 p.m. when an officer spotted a vehicle speeding on Covington Highway. The driver ran the light on Kensington Road. The chief said the officer put on his lights, but the driver did not stop.

"When he came upon the vehicle a short time later the vehicle wrecked out," said Broden.

Witnesses said the driver hit a power pole, knocking out power to several homes. The driver then hit a car in a nearby driveway. The car came to a stop in that yard. They heard the officer yell to the driver to stay in his car, but the driver got out.

"(The officer yelled) 'Please don't move, please don't move' and the guy went (waves her arms) 'You see what he's doing, you see what he's doing?' And, at that point he goes after the officer," said Tricia Bowers, a witness.

"The guy came right at him and I think knocked the officer down," said Mike Froedge, a witness.

"The officer was on the ground and he was over the officer and the officer had to take care of himself," said Bowers.

Broden confirmed the officer fired one shot, hitting the suspect. He also said the suspect hit the officer at least once and he did not believe the suspect had a gun.

Broden did not release names. He said the officer is a veteran of the department, and he was taken to DeKalb Medical Center for observation. Broden did not have a condition for the suspect.

The chief said they do now know why the man was avoiding the officer and fought him.

G.B.I investigators were on the scene, which is standard in an officer-involved shooting.

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