Macon Officer Shoots, Kills Man During Traffic Stop

5:04 PM, Jan 16, 2010   |    comments
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Macon police say an officer shot and killed a man after the man pulled out a gun.

It happened just before midnight Thursday on Jadan Place in south Macon.

Police identified the man as 30-year-old Louis Atkinson.

They say Atkinson was driving on the wrong side of the road, and did not respond to the officers' request to show his hands.

Macon police say they were in the Village Green neighborhood because of reports of illegal activity. They say they pulled over the car Atkinson was driving; officers approached each side of the car, that's when one officer says he saw Atkinson draw a gun and one officer shot him. Atkinson was taken to the Medical Center and pronounced dead just after 12:30 a.m.

Police say they found the handgun inside the car.

A news release from Macon police says Atkinson had 11 previous arrests over 12 years: Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Battery/ Family Violence / Cruelty to Children, Theft by Taking (Auto), and Superior Court bench warrant (Criminal Trespass). The release says he also had three outstanding warrants, one for allegedly pointing a gun at someone.

The Macon police policy handbook says an officer is justified in using deadly force only if he thinks it is "necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released.

Atkinson is the third man shot and killed by Macon police in the past year.

Last January, officers shot a robbery suspect who fired on police.

In November, they say a carjacker who tried to run down officers was also shot and killed.









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