GBI Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting in Tallapoosa, Georgia

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has initiated an investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Tallapoosa, Georgia, following a request from the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, March 23, 2024, leaving Marcus Andrew Eaddy, aged 29 and from Lithonia, GA, critically injured and hospitalized. Fortunately, no law enforcement officers sustained injuries during the altercation.

Preliminary details reveal that the event unfolded around 2:05 a.m. CST when the Hoover PD and Vestavia PD in Alabama responded to reports of a man, later identified as Eaddy, firing an AR-style gun outdoors. Upon arrival, Eaddy fled the scene in a dark-colored Chrysler bearing Georgia license plates, prompting a pursuit that spanned through Alabama and onto I-20 East. Multiple Alabama law enforcement agencies joined the chase as it crossed state lines.

The pursuit came to a halt on I-20 East, just inside the Georgia border between Exit 3 and Exit 5, after stop strips were deployed by Alabama authorities. The encounter escalated into an exchange of gunfire involving Haralson County deputies and deputies from St. Clair County, Alabama, resulting in Eaddy being critically wounded.

Following the incident, investigators recovered a handgun near Eaddy’s person and an Assault Rifle from inside the Chrysler. The GBI has taken charge of an independent investigation, with the case file slated for review by the Haralson County District Attorney’s Office upon completion of the inquiry.

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