GBI Releases Statement on Officer Involved Shooting in Bulloch County

This is a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation:

At the request of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol, GBI agents are investigating an officer involved shooting in Bulloch County, Georgia. One man died during the incident. No deputies or troopers were injured in this incident.

The preliminary information indicates that at about 9:55 p.m., on June 27, 2024, Bulloch County 911 received a report of an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station located at 21196 US Hwy 80 in Statesboro. The suspect was described as a man driving a U-Haul truck. Responding deputies spotted a U-Haul truck matching the description and attempted to make a traffic stop. The man refused to stop, and deputies began to chase him. Georgia State Patrol troopers responded to assist deputies in the pursuit, which traveled through Statesboro and into the county. Deputies and troopers made multiple attempts to stop the driver including using stop sticks and the PIT maneuver.

Troopers performed a PIT Maneuver on the vehicle, which resulted in the U-Haul leaving the road on Hwy 301 at Brooks Hendrix Road and hitting a power pole before coming to rest in the woods.

Deputies and troopers approached the truck and gave verbal commands for the man to get out of the truck; however, the man drove the truck towards the deputies. Multiple deputies and a trooper fired at the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler, Georgia for an autopsy.

The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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