GBI investigating Doraville traffic stop shooting

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting in Doraville which left a suspect shot after police said he brandished a machete and took control of a patrol car.

According to a news release, Doraville Police Department asked GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Jan. 19 after one man was shot and sustained injuries during a traffic stop. GBI’s news release added that no officers were injured during the incident. 

The news release states that at around 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 19, “Doraville Police Department officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on 2820 Chamblee Tucker Road in Doraville.” The van was known to be driven by 41-year-old Walfre Bautista Miranda of Doraville, who had “active felony warrants,” according to GBI.

When officers attempted to stop the van, Miranda allegedly rammed into a patrol car by reversing into it then pulled forward. Doraville Police officers reported that they attempted to box Miranda in to prevent him from leaving.

“Miranda got out of the van with a machete in his hand and advanced towards an officer. He was able to get inside and take control of the patrol car with access to all weapons inside, including a rifle. At that time, officers shot Miranda and he was taken into custody. Miranda was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for injuries,” the news release states.

A Doraville spokesperson said any additional information will be released by GBI. Once completed by GBI, the case file will be given to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.


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