Chase suspect shot by state trooper released from Floyd Medical Center, now in the Polk County Jail facing nine charges.

Chase suspect shot by state trooper released from Floyd Medical Center, now in the Polk County Jail facing nine charges.



Shannon Thompson, 27, of Aragon, who authorities say was wounded in the arm during a standoff and chase late Friday, has been released from Floyd Medical Center and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Tuesday’s jail report shows Thompson faces nine counts, including fleeing/attempting to elude police. He was booked into the county jail at 3:37 p.m. Monday.



From the GBI: On Friday, July 16, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Georgia State Patrol to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation in Taylorsville in Bartow County.

At approximately 11 p.m., an Aragon Police Department officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Shannon Thompson, 27, of Aragon.  A vehicle chase ensued with an Aragon Police Department officer and Thompson.  The Aragon P.D. officer requested the Georgia State Patrol’s (GSP) assistance in the vehicle pursuit that led from Polk County into Bartow County.

A GSP trooper executed a PIT maneuver on Thompson’s vehicle, causing the vehicle to exit the roadway into a field off of Main Street in Taylorsville.  Thompson then drove out of the field toward the trooper who was standing in the roadway.  As Thompson drove his vehicle toward the trooper, the trooper fired several shots at the vehicle, striking Thompson in the arm.  Thompson continued to drive away and Polk County P.D. officers, GSP troopers and Aragon P.D. officers continued the vehicle pursuit into Polk County.

The trooper attempted to conduct a second PIT maneuver on Thompson’s vehicle.  Thompson then rammed the trooper’s car which caused Thompson to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a ditch.  Thompson then stepped out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby wooded area.  A trooper deployed his Taser at Thompson and arrested him.

The officers and troopers provided medical attention to Thompson after finding the injury to Thompson’s arm.  Thompson was transported to Floyd Medical Center for treatment. (His condition on Sunday was not available).

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation and upon completion, the case file will be provided to the Bartow County District Attorney’s office for review.

This is the 53rd officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2021.

From the Georgia Department of Public Safety:
On July 16, 2021, the Aragon Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit and requested the Georgia State Patrol’s assistance. A trooper from Post 3 Cartersville responded to the area to assist and became involved in the pursuit.
During the incident, the trooper discharged his firearm, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition. The trooper was not injured in the incident.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to conduct an independent investigation of the officer involved shooting. The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Office of Professional Standards is conducting an internal investigation.
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