The suspect wounded in an officer-involved shooting at Love’s Travel Stop in Emerson two months ago has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a gun, according to Bartow County Jail reports.
Jose Rafael Caballero, 51, was transferred to the Bartow County Jail late last week and immediately booked on the three felony charges. His picture, above, shows bandages over a wound. The jail report also shows his last known address as being in Greer, S.C.
From the GBI: On Thursday, Aug. 23, the GBI was requested by the Emerson Police Department and the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 6:05 p.m., officers went to Love’s Travel Stop at 150 Old Allatoona Road in response to man threatening to harm himself.
Two Emerson officers and one Bartow County sheriff’s deputy encountered Jose Rafael Caballero, 51, who was armed with a handgun and pointed it at the officers. Officers gave verbal commands for Caballero to drop his weapon, which he did not. When he did not comply, officers fired multiple times, striking him.
Caballero was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition. No officers were injured in this incident.
The officers involved are identified as:
- Sgt. Neil Baker, Emerson Police Department
- Patrolman Gary Mandelus, Emerson Police Department
- Deputy George Murchison, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for review.
This is the 60th officer involved-shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2018.
From Nelly Miles, GBI public information officer:
GBI_GA agents have responded to an officer-involved shooting in Bartow County. We are working to gather details.
Background: If so, it is the second such case in Northwest Georgia since May. A Cedartown woman who led authorities on a wild chase from Cave Spring to U.S. 411 east of the Bypass died from shots fired by officers after they said she began firing at them. Kimberley R. McCann died from multiple gunshot wounds that day. The GBI investigated the case and the report is now being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.