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State Bureau Of Investigations Called In Following An Officer Involved Shooting In Henagar On Friday

DeKalb County authorities and the SBI are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred during a traffic stop on Friday in Henagar.

Henagar Police received a call of a person possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol on County Road 85, officers located and followed the vehicle and observed the driver all over the roadway.

Henagar Police were able to pull the vehicle over but as the officer approached the suspect sped away and a pursuit began. As the vehicle turned right onto DeKalb County Road 131 the driver was swaying from one side of the road to the other as a DeKalb County Deputy fell joined the chase.

At that point Henagar Police attempted a pit maneuver trying to disable the vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle did not spin a full 180 degrees as the pit maneuver is designed to do.

As the suspect exited the vehicle and the Henagar Officer and Deputy exited their vehicles the suspect began firing striking the Henagar Officers vehicle in the driver’s door 4 to 5 times.

The Henagar officer and the Deputy began returning fire striking the suspect in the arms.  The suspect was taken to Erlanger Hospital for treatment. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris has identified the suspect as Jeremy Barnet from a Jackson County address.

Sheriff Harris says “I called the SBI (State Bauru of Investigation) to do an investigation. We sent our Deputy home with pay pending the investigation. This is our procedure that we use on any officer shooting or internal investigation. On the scene that night Henagar Chief Randall Smith and I discussed that because they were in the County when shots were fired we would use the SBI to investigate this case. Both Officers did an outstanding job standing up in the line of fire and returning fire. We are fortunate that neither one of them was injured. This is a good shoot and I am positive that the SBI will come back and clear both Officers. Thanks to Circuit Clerk Pam Simpson came out at midnight on Friday night to issue two attempted murder warrants on Barnet.”

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