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GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Newnan


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Jun. 16, 2020 - 10:44 PM

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GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Newnan

Clay Neely / The Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Police survey the crime scene on Greison Trail after an officer shot a man suspected of breaking into a local bail bonds office after he reportedly fled from a traffic stop.

A Woodbury man was shot by police after he broke into a local bail bonds office Monday night, officials said.

Just before 9 p.m., a Georgia State Trooper reportedly intercepted a motorcycle traveling westbound on Highway 34 and engaged in a high-speed pursuit exceeding 100 mph. The driver was identified as Azavious Lavonta Echols, according to the GBI.

An abandoned motorcycle was located behind the El Charro restaurant on Bullsboro Drive by members from the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

While searching the area for the driver, officers observed a man who matched Echols’ description inside the office of Bail Bonds 24-7 located at 629 Greison Trail. Authorities said Echols had forcibly entered the location, and they began giving him verbal commands.

A Newnan police officer alerted other officers that Echols had a gun. The Newnan police officer fired his handgun at Echols, striking him once in the leg. At the time of the incident, Echols was in possession of a handgun and was reportedly reaching for it when he was shot, according to GBI Spokeswoman Nelly Miles.

Echols, 25, was transported by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

No officers were injured during the incident.

This marks the 50th officer-involved shooting the state agency has investigated in 2020.

The GBI said it will continue its investigation of the shooting, which will then be turned over to the Coweta County District Attorney’s Office for review.