GBI investigating officer involved shooting in Cusseta

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Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have confirmed the GBI has been requested by the Chattahoochee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting. 

News 3 has learned the situation stemmed from a police chase that started in Russell County.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 46-year-old Johnny Slocum. 

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says the incident happed around 3:30 a.m. Monday. 

Sherriff Taylor released the following statement to News 3: 

“The chase began in Phenix City with their police officers and deputies with the Russell County Sheriff’s Department joined in to assist. The chase went through Columbus and into Cusseta where the suspect hit a guard rail. It’s my understanding when our Russell County deputy and another deputy from Chattahoochee County approached the vehicle, the suspect began backing up, attempting to hit the two deputies with his vehicle.  The Russell County Deputy and Chattahoochee County Deputy began firing in order to keep the suspect from running them over. The suspect was struck and the threat was stopped.  The offender was transported to a local hospital, where we are told he is stable. The deputies were not injured. The case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. “

Stay with News 3 for updates on this developing story.

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