Officers hit by 'accidental discharge' in Crisp incident

Published: Feb. 12, 2016 at 12:23 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to examine what happened Thursday on the Interstate near Cordele, we know that the gunshot injuries sustained by two officers and the woman in the speeding car was the result of 'friendly fire.'

The accidental firing of a law enforcement weapon was the cause of the injuries. Authorities have not identified which officer fired a gun, saying only that it was a state trooper.

The man who was a passenger in the fleeing car shot at officers, and then killed himself near Exit 99 at Cordele.

The officers have been treated and released, while the woman who was driving the car is still in the hospital.

The GBI issued a news release early Friday morning-

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Crisp County on Interstate I-75 around 4:00 PM.

Preliminary information indicates that Ashburn Police attempted to stop a stolen car. The vehicle fled north on I-75 and Ashburn Police initiated a pursuit.  The male passenger of the vehicle began firing at the pursuing officers.

As the chase continued, the Turner County Sheriff's Office, Crisp County Sheriff's Office, and Georgia State Patrol became involved in the pursuit. During the chase, the male passenger shot himself and died as a result of his injuries.

The female driver stopped the vehicle at Exit 99.  As an officer and a deputy retrieved her from the stolen car, a trooper involved in the incident had an accidental discharge that hit the two officers and the female.

The officers were treated and released. The female remains at the hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The identity of the subjects are not available for release at this point pending next of kin notifications.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the District Attorney for judicial review.

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