GBI identifies deceased in officer-involved shooting
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 22, 2014 | 10407 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One person is dead following a late-night officer-involved shooting in northern Bartow County.

About 1 a.m. an Adairsville police officer shot and killed a suspect on the entrance ramp to Interstate 75 northbound at Highway 140, Adairsville Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Matt Fowler confirmed.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating, at 12:40 a.m. the Adairsville officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on the ramp.

"After stopping the vehicle, the officer checked the license of the driver. The driver, Charles Leon Johnson, II, 29, was wanted on a simple battery charge," the release states. "As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee dragging the officer along the road. The officer fired once at Johnson, killing him."

The GBI said when the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the district attorney for review.

The officer was injured and treated at a nearby hospital, but not hospitalized.

According to a press release, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.