The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was summoned on Tuesday by Calhoun Police to investigate an officer-involved shooting.
According to a GBI media release, preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3 pm, two female occupants of a vehicle were located at the BP station at 312 South Wall Street in Calhoun. Officer Jeremy Thompson with the CPD encountered the driver, who was slightly short on change in making a purchase. The officer provided the remaining change to complete the transaction, and they both exited the store. Officer Thompson smelled an odor that was suspected to be marijuana. He encountered passenger Tameka LaShay Simpson, age 27 and of Columbus. At that point, Officer Thompson called in a suspicious vehicle. Officer Joe Yother arrived on scene as a back up. Officer Thompson asked for identification. Simpson pulled out a firearm during the encounter and began firing shots, which struck Officer Yother. The officers returned fire, striking and killing Simpson.
Officer Yother was struck in the arm. The projectile impacted his cell phone in his chest pocket. He was transported to an area hospital, at which he was treated and kept for observation.
The female driver was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
An autopsy on the deceased will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab located in Decatur. The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for review.
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