Police Chase in East Point, Georgia, Ends with Shooting on I-285
EAST POINT, GA. – A police chase in East Point, Georgia, on December 28 ended with an officer-involved shooting in Interstate 285, according to an online news report from wxga.tv. No information about the chase has been reported at this time.*
The incident occurred around noon on December 28. Officials report an unidentified officer with the East Point Police Department was pursuing a suspect, and a shooting involving the officer broke out on Interstate 285, near Camp Creek Parkway. It is not clear whether anyone was injured. The shooting reportedly shut down all of I-285 in the area.
The East Point Police Department requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation handle investigation of the incident. No information was reported regarding the suspect or the reason for the police chase.
According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, general purpose state and local law enforcement agencies conducted an estimated 68,000 vehicle pursuits in 2012. During 2012, local police conducted eight vehicle pursuits per every 100 officers employed. Sheriff’s offices conducted 9 pursuits per every 100 officers employed. Between 1996 and 2015, an average of 355 people were killed each year in pursuit-related crashes. This averaged to about one person a day.
In 2016, according to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, nearly 61,000 vehicle accidents occurred in Fulton County. These vehicle accidents led to 12,875 injuries and 129 deaths.
During the five-year period between 2012 and 2016, Fulton County had a major jump in vehicle collisions. In 2012, a total of 22,275 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, leading to 4,498 injuries and 77 deaths. By 2015, the number of accidents had grown well above 50,000, with fatality accidents reaching above 100.
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