A man with a bow and arrows was gunned down by police Tuesday morning after hijacking a woman in Atlanta, crashing the stolen vehicle in a nearby county suburb and pointing the gun at an officer, authorities said.
Atlanta police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1400 block of Peachtree Street at 6:13 a.m., according to the department. They found a woman who said a man armed with a bow and arrow took off in his vehicle.
“The suspect shot an arrow into the victim’s windshield while asking him to exit,” police said. “The victim complied and the suspect fled in his 2014 Toyota Camry. She was not injured.”
The suspect, identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as Trent Andrew Emory, 29, of Canton, Georgia, had just attempted to pick up a car belonging to a security guard moments earlier, Atlanta police said. . Officers also contacted a third victim “who said the same suspect also attempted to take his vehicle but was unsuccessful,” police said.
At one point, Emory reportedly left town and traveled to neighboring Cobb County. It was there that the GBI said Emory smashed the stolen car onto a bridge support for a CSX railway line.
Cobb County and Marietta County police responded to the wreck. Marietta police approached the car at around 7:10 a.m. and expected to assist at least one injured person, the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Instead, “officers observed an individual near the car grab a compound bow and point it at one of the officers,” police said in the statement. “A Marietta officer gave several verbal orders to drop the weapon.”
The officers who responded attempted to negotiate with the suspect for 20 minutes, Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said, according to NBC affiliate WXIA from Atlanta.
“When orders were not followed, the officer pulled out his handgun and fired, hitting the suspect once,” Marietta police said in a Facebook post.
After the shooting, the suspect refused to comply with further orders, Marietta police said. Officers used a shield to approach him safely before he was handcuffed, police said.
Emory was treated on the spot and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he is stable, according to the GBI, which is investigating the shooting.
No officer was injured in the incident.