Alleged kidnapping leads to officer-involved shooting

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead the morning of May 18.

According to the GBI, approximately 1:07 p.m. May 17, a 911 caller that resided in Chamblee contacted Chamblee Police Department about a male friend being kidnapped by an unknown man with a gun; the unknown man was later identified as Tyrone Penny, 21, of Lithonia.

“Once officers arrived on scene in Chamblee, they got a description of the car, followed it into Decatur, and made attempts to stop the car…Eventually, the car crashed and a man ran out of the car,” the GBI stated in a series of updates on Twitter.  

In a press release update, the GBI stated [Penny] got out of the car—which was reported stolen out of DeKalb County—and ran down an embankment and onto the railroad tracks near West Howard Avenue in Decatur and during the foot chase, officers attempted to tase him.

“During the encounter, officers fired their guns, striking the man.  The man was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries,” the GBI stated, adding that a handgun was located on the scene near the man.

Decatur Police Department representatives said West College Avenue between South McDonough Street and Adams Street as well as West Howard Avenue between North McDonough Street and Commerce Drive were shut down around 4:45 a.m.

GBI said the kidnapping victim is safe.

***EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to provide identification of the deceased man.

Photo from GBI’s Twitter account


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