GBI: Austell suspect Tasered officer, continued to fight after being shot

GBI investigates shooting involving officer

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed an officer-involved shooting in Austell, Sunday after a combative suspect allegedly attacked officers with a Taser.

Spokesperson D. Scott Dutton said that agents were responding to the 2700 block of Whitewater Court following a domestic disturbance call handled by Austell Police around 10:25 a.m.

A preliminary investigation by the GBI appears to show an altercation between one of the people at the scene and officers.

Police told GBI investigators that the alleged combatant took a Taser from one of the officers and fired it, hitting the officer.

At least one officer was tasered multiple times and two other officers fired at and hit the suspect. But the GBI states in a written release that the subject continued to attack and refused to drop the Taser.

The suspect, identified by family members as 31-year-old Timothy Duffy, was eventually taken into custody by Austell and Cobb County police and taken to Grady. His wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Multiple officers were also taken to an area hospital and have been released.

Neighbors said that they couldn't remember another case of police in the neighborhood.

Witnesses said police have been at the scene since the morning and cell phone video shows a person being brought out on a stretcher.

One witness said a woman in the house was yelling, "You shot my son."

Police taped off the street, meaning residents who live nearby were not able to drive out.

And they weren't given a lot of information about exactly what happened throughout the day - angering some.

"Even if they just say an officer was shot or whatever, just put our minds at ease as to what is going on," resident Sheila Henry said. "Whatever is the case, they can say something to us other than looking at us like we're crazy. We're taxpayers. We live here."

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