Man dead in officer-involved shooting along I-75 in Clayton Co.

Man dead in officer-involved shooting along I-75 in Clayton Co.

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal police-involved shooting on Interstate 75 in Clayton County on Thursday morning.

Investigators said a Clayton County officer saw a suspicious man standing next to a Honda Civic parked just north of the Old Dixie Highway exit.  The officer said that the man became combative and tried to flee the scene. They said a physical altercation occurred, and the suspect tried to take the officer's weapon.

Authorities say the gun fired, and the suspect was hit and killed.  The officer was not seriously injured.  

Police did not say what led the officer to believe that the man was involved in criminal activity.
Two of the four northbound lanes remained closed just before 10 a.m.  The closures were causing major delays on I-75, and drivers were urged to avoid the area until the scene was cleared.

The investigation has been turned over to the GBI.  The officer who fired the fatal shot was placed on administrative leave.

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