Avondale Estates Officer Involved in Shooting

The shooting reportedly occurred after police pursued a suspect, who wrecked his vehicle. The man got out of his vehicle and struggled with the officer, who shot the man, authorities said.

The GBI has been called in to investigate after an Avondale Estates police officer shot a suspect Friday night.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Contitution,

A witness told Channel 2 the officer was chasing a suspect when the suspect wrecked his vehicle near the 3100 block of Kingsington Road between Stratford and Lakeshore.

The witness said the suspect got out of his vehicle after the Avondale Estates officer ordered him to stay inside. The witness said the two then struggled and the officer allegedly shot the suspect in the chest.

Neither the suspect or the officer have been identified.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also investigated in July 2011 after  Avondale Estates police officer Emilio Quintana shot and killed Randall Hill, 26, of Avondale Estates after a struggle in the woods behind Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church.

No charges were filed against the officer.

Editor's note: The AJC spelled it Kingsington Road, but it's really Kensington Road.

Red January 22, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Not a 100 percent on if the officer tagged the stolen car before the chase started.
contented-NOT January 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Did the COP need to know more than the perp disobeyed the stay in the car order and that the perp knocked him to the ground ? At that point I would think the stolen car would be a far away thought.
Steve January 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM
The officer did not need to know that the car was stolen in order to initiate a traffic stop if the perp violated a traffic law, which he did.
Mike Froedge January 31, 2013 at 02:35 PM
"Concerned Parent", your post demonstrates that you have NO idea what really happened, and you are merely pulling things out of your ass based on your obviously biased OPINIONS. I was an eyewitness to this event, and I can tell you with COMPLETE confidence and authority that this suspect DID physically attack the officer, after careening and crashing through a neighborhood full of elderly people and children (including my own), almost hitting my car, smashing a telephone pole, skidding through a neighbor's yard, crashing into another neighbor's car, then blatantly disobeying the officer's repeated orders to stay in his car, then disobeying orders to get back in his car (the officer even said "please" and "sir").... This man was clearly a danger to everyone in the area, he had already put countless innocent people in harm's way, and he DID clearly and indisputably physically attack the officer. This shooting was 100% justified and unavoidable. The officer was given no choice but to defend his own life. You have no clue what you're talking about, you were not there when it happened, and I respectfully suggest that you stop spreading misinformation about an event that you did not witness.
Honestly Human July 13, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I find it very distasteful that anyone would suggest the value of a life as a disgrace regardless of the circumstance or situation. A family lost someone near and dear to them and is still grieving. This guy was very valuable to the community he was in. I find it tacky for someone who ALSO wasn't there for the entire incident to comment about a parent who wasn't there either. I find it tacky that someone who claims they were a witness saw an unarmed person, who could have very well been disillusioned by the the motor accident he was just apart of, being justifiably shot in a manner to kill. I find it strange that a police officer would allow for someone to get that close to him without any other means of protection (i.e. stunt gun, pepper spray, etc.). Have some compassion, you had property damages, a family lost a life. As far as the traffic violation...this could have very well been one of those last minute yellow light increase of speed. Since no one was there, who can really say there was an endangerment of public safety besides the officer and the person killed? Since the only living suspect in the scene is the officer, he most likely covered his own self and said this minor infraction was major, which lead to a "chase". Mike Froedge, and anybody else who sides with him is sick to believe "The good guys" won, when in fact there was no good in this situation whatsoever. Shame on you for speaking of a person as though they meant nothing but mere property. Shame on you for speaking to someone, who obviously lost this person as a part of their world, so nasty. For the person, who lost someone close, I am sorry this happened to you. Justice will be served.


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