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Lanett man shot by West Point police after striking officer with car

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Several West Point police officers are on routine administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning.

Officials said around 4 a.m. police were conducting a driver's license check point at the intersection of Highway 18 and I-85 when they stopped Marquezmon McCray. As he told officers he did not have a driver's license officers noticed he had marijuana in his car.

They asked the 26-year-old to exit the vehicle, but police said he refused and sped forward instead, striking an officer. That's when officers shot at McCray, saying they feared for their safety. He was struck once in the back.

The Lanett man led police on a vehicle pursuit. He jumped out of the car at West Point Housing Authority. The vehicle continued to roll until it struck an occupied residential building.

Officials said McCray continued to flee on foot and eventually hid inside a house in the 1400 block of East 12th Street.

Law enforcement with West Point Police Department, Lanett Police Department, LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff's Department located McCray inside the apartment. He received medical attention before he was transferred to the hospital. He is listed in stable condition at the Atlanta Medical Center.

During the investigation it was revealed that McCray had an outstanding felony warrant in Chambers County for violation of probation for burglary. He now faces more charges, including aggravated assault against a police officer.

The officer who was hit by McCray's car suffered minor injuries.

 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident per departmental policy.


Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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