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Police shot a man after a high-speed chase. It's Georgia's 50th police shooting investigated by GBI this year

June 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The non-fatal police shooting of a black man after a high-speed chase in Newnan, Georgia, on Monday was the 50th officer-involved shooting this year that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate.

(CNN)The non-fatal police shooting of a black man after a high-speed chase in Newnan, Georgia, on Monday was the 50th officer-involved shooting this year that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate.

Azavious Lavonta Echols, a 25-year-old black man from Woodbury, Georgia, was shot in the leg by a Newnan Police officer after Echols reportedly reached for a handgun in his possession, according to the GBI's preliminary information.

That 50-mark is a slight increase on the number of officer-involved shootings that GBI investigated at this point the past two years.

At this time last year, the GBI had been requested to investigate 36 officer-involved shootings, and at this time in 2018 the GBI had been requested to investigate 45 officer-involved shootings, according to GBI public affairs director Nelly Miles.

In all of 2019, GBI was asked to investigate 84 officer-involved shootings, and in all of 2018 GBI was asked to investigate 94 officer-involved shootings, GBI said.

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia are not required to ask GBI to investigate police shootings, so the totals are a slight undercount.

Another motorist reported that a driver in a motorcycle had turned into the Greison Trail area, and shortly after, officers with Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff's Office found a black motorcycle abandoned behind a restaurant, the GBI states.

Officers began giving him verbal commands, and a Newnan Police officer alerted others that Echols had a gun, according to GBI.

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