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GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Carroll County

Carrollton, GA (April 12, 2021) – On Monday, April 12, 2021, at approximately 5:00 A.M., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Carrollton Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:34 A.M., a Georgia State Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2015 Nissan Sentra for speeding at mile marker 10 eastbound on Interstate 20 in Bremen, Georgia. As the trooper approached the rear of the Nissan Sentra, the driver sped off.  The trooper engaged in a vehicle pursuit and was able to perform a precision immobilizing technique (PIT) to stop the Nissan Sentra. The driver of the vehicle was able to gain control and proceed. The trooper attempted to initiate a second PIT maneuver when the passenger of the Nissan Sentra leaned out of the front passenger window and began firing at the trooper with a rifle.  The trooper’s patrol car was struck and disabled.

The men in the Nissan Sentra continued to flee during the pursuit. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Carrollton Police Department, and Villa Rica Police Department joined the pursuit at Highway 166 and Bankhead Highway in Carrollton, Georgia. During the pursuit, the passenger in the Nissan Sentra continued to shoot at officers, striking Carrollton Police Department Sergeant Rob Holloway.  Sergeant Holloway continued the pursuit until he wrecked his patrol vehicle at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 166.

The pursuit continued at a high rate of speed until the Nissan Sentra crashed near Ithica Elementary School in Villa Rica.  Both men ran from the vehicle, resulting in a search for them.  At approximately 5:00 A.M. and 5:30 A.M., the men shot towards officers and Villa Rica Police Officer Chase Gordy returned shots and was shot twice. Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy John Repetto was also shot at and sustained a gunshot injury.

One man was shot by officers and died on scene while the other man was taken into custody. He is being held at the Carroll County Jail. The GBI has identified him as 22 year old Aaron Shelton of Alabama and he is being charged currently with 3 counts of Aggravated Battery and 5 counts of Aggravated Assault.

His brother who was killed at the scene is identified as 28 year old Pier Shelton of Alabama.

Sergeant Holloway and Officer Gordy were transported to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for their injuries while Deputy Repetto was transported, treated and released from Atlanta Medical Center.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation of the officer involved shooting.  Once complete, the case file will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.  The GBI is also investigating the aggravated assault on the police officers.

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