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Suspect shot during traffic stop

Law enforcement officers converged in this parking lot off Salem Road Thursday morning where a Covington man was shot after he reportedly brandished a weapon during a traffic stop by a Georgia State Patrol trooper. The man was shot once in the thigh; the trooper was not injured. The GBI is investigating the incident. -- Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Law enforcement officers converged in this parking lot off Salem Road Thursday morning where a Covington man was shot after he reportedly brandished a weapon during a traffic stop by a Georgia State Patrol trooper. The man was shot once in the thigh; the trooper was not injured. The GBI is investigating the incident. -- Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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A crowd of onlookers gathered on Salem Road Thursday morning following an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop for following too closely.

CONYERS — A 20-year-old man was shot and wounded Thursday morning after he reportedly brandished an AK-47 at a Georgia State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop.

Gordy Wright, spokesman for the State Patrol, said the suspect has been identified as Cardal Dwayne Haywood of a Covington address.

According to Wright, the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop for following too closely on Salem Road at about 11:20 a.m.

“The vehicle pulled around in back of the (QuickTrip) and the trooper got him channeled and had the driver’s side blocked, but he bailed out on the passenger side,” said Wright. “(The suspect) turned around and brandished a weapon.”

John Bankhead, spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, identified the weapon as an AK-47.

Wright said the trooper wounded the suspect with one shot to the thigh. The suspect was taken by Lifeflight to an Atlanta area hospital where he was reportedly conscious and alert.

Bankhead said there were no outstanding warrants on the suspect; however, he has had prior problems with the law.

“He is a convicted felon so he legally cannot possess any kind of firearm,” according to Bankhead.

It was unknown Thursday afternoon how many shots were fired in the incident, Wright said, adding that the GBI investigation would determine that.

The suspect’s vehicle, a Mitsubishi Gallant, was towed to GBI headquarters. Bankhead said Thursday afternoon the car had not yet been fully searched.

The trooper is assigned to the Atlanta Motorcycle Unit and was on his way to work driving a marked car, Wright said.

“He would have picked up the motorcycle once he got to the office,” he said.

The investigation has been turned over to the GBI and the Special Investigation Division with the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Charges against the suspect related to Thursday’s incident will be determined once the GBI concludes its investigation, according to the State Patrol.

Comments

Sundance 2 years, 3 months ago

Nice work to GSP thanks for keeping us safe. Also, this article states the weapon was an AK-47. The other newspaper stated differently. That is a big difference.

"The suspect came out the passenger side and began fleeing on foot and reportedly pointed a handgun at the trooper, according to Wright." - Rockdale News 9-20-12

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

AK-47? Does this make Salem Road officially a "war zone" now?

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Christopher 2 years, 3 months ago

Not sure if you left the county for about 5 years but Salem Road has always been a war zone.

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

I was born, and raised here, for over 60 years...it was a rhetorical question.

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maryinga 2 years, 3 months ago

Geeze.....that's all I can really say

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will 2 years, 3 months ago

This trooper should have shot this thug in the chest so we would not have to finance his life from now on. Elmo, Salem Rd has been a war zone for several years. When you mix section 8 housing with welfare abusers you will always end up with a war zone. If you look at it all of Rockdale is turning into a thug infested ghetto. These losers cant even pull their pants up or act with respect toward anybody, they feel entitled to the hard working persons money because they are a victim. They are where they're at in life because of the choices THEY have made in life so blame yourself.

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

ENTITLEMENTS - getting incompetents elected the world over.

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ClaytonBigsby 2 years, 3 months ago

Lifeflight for this vermin? Why???

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

I was lifeflighted from Newton County hospital to Atlanta once, it cost $22,000 for a 7-minute flight.

I hope this perp has insurance.

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kt 2 years, 3 months ago

Man. Sounds like GSP needs to up their target practice training! The thigh!??

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roots 2 years, 3 months ago

Was this akin to the so called protesters that attacked our embassies in the middle east? They showed up with RPG's ( thats Rocket Propelled Grenades ) and AK-47's. This looks like an alert Trooper might have prevented a Terrorist attack in or near our community. Why else would a person be armed with such a weapon and make an attempt to use it against a Law Officer?

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conyerac 2 years, 3 months ago

Handgun verses AK-47? I even know the difference twinx those two....now if the handgun was in the britches, naw, couldn't be, they would be too low, it would be in the butt, I can see him fleeing out the passenger side with a handgun but climbing over a console with AK-47, he had to have lots of practice doing that ....or maybe he was too slow, and that is why he got shot....hmmmm.....but...there was intentions of wrong doing coming soon..glad it was stopped and maybe, just maybe this young fellow had a rude awakening.....turn around or get out of town!!!!

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REK 2 years, 3 months ago

I hope the trooper was aiming for his thigh and not a kill shot. He is either a great shot or needs some range time.

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

Someone points an AK-47 at me, I'm sure not aiming at the thigh, but it might shake me up enough that I would be off-aim somewhat.

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Doc 2 years, 3 months ago

Is it wrong that I am hoping this is the same thug that held my husband up at gunpoint(on covington bypass rd.)?? If it wasnt, I sure hope he is next and the officer has better aim!!!!!

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Madasheck 2 years, 3 months ago

I was going to say that a headshot would have been much better, I thank God for most officers of the GSP but what will happen when the GSP has these types behind the wheel? There is a pattern here, God Bless America.A couple hours at the shooting range with pay,should be the decision for the officer,Good shot charlie but not great..

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82011 2 years, 3 months ago

I have noticed Conyers City Police and to some extent the Sheriff's Dept using SUVs for patrol cars because the Crown Vic/Police Interceptor is out of production. As a taxpayer, I hope they would reconsider for midsized sedans such as Dodge Chargers and Chevy Impalas. They cost much less and are vastly better on fuel economy. They can probably keep up with perps such as this better than a huge clunky SUV also.

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Elmo 2 years, 3 months ago

An SUV is a pickup truck with back seats added, and elevated version of what used to be called a "station wagon".

The SUV haters began as class envy bigots because they are more expensive, but they are infinitely safer and have no bigger engines than most pickup trucks.

Is this really all you have to worry about during your day?

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ClaytonBigsby 2 years, 3 months ago

The Tahoe is surprisingly cheap when purchased on a government contract, as a cursory internet search will show you. Fuel mileage is no worse and much likely better than the late, great Crown Vic. Maintenance is cheaper than the Charger, with more usable space. As for the Impala, front wheel drive is just not robust enough for punishing police work, and can be very expensive to fix. Yes, the Hemi equipped Charger Pursuit is very quick, but the Tahoe definitely has its place, especially for carrying gear and K9 partners.

As Elmo said, is that really all you have to worry about?

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