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Officer dragged on highway, shoots and kills suspect

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a police-involved shooting in Adairsville.

At 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, an Adairsville police officer pulled over a suspicious vehicle.

"The officer had verified the warrant and they were attempting to arrest the guy for the warrant," said Chief of Detectives for Adairsville police Lieutenant Matt Fowler. "That's really what led to the altercation."

Upon doing a license check, the officer discovered the driver, Charles Leon Johnson II, was wanted on a simple battery charge. The officer tried to arrest the 29-year-old, but the suspect tried to drive off, dragging the officer along Highway 140 near the entrance to Interstate 75 north.

"The officer tried to grab the suspect to keep him from getting back in the car," Fowler said. "The suspect appeared to keep hold of the officer and was taking off down to the on ramp not letting go of the officer and that's what led to the firearms discharge."

According to the GBI, the officer fired one shot at Johnson, killing him.

The officer received minor injuries, but did not need to go to the hospital.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, and the case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Fowler said the whole incident was captured on the police car dash camera.

"We will analyze this video and incident for years to come and how we can better train and better approach this situation," Fowler said.

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