Driver shot by police identified as 27-year-old Andrew Brannon

Police: Driver pulled gun when traffic stop revealed warrant

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- The GBI released the identities of an Emerson Police officer and the driver he shot. 

GBI spokesperson Scott Dutton told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander city of Emerson police officer Robert K. Smith pulled over a gold SUV car for an expired tag violation just before 11:00 a.m.

The driver has been identified as 27-year-old Brent Andrew Brannon, of Columbus, Georgia.

According to Dutton, the officer got the driver's license, ran a check on him, and found a warrants for his arrest. He was wanted in relation to charges of trafficking in heroin, possession of a sawed off rifle, sale of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officer Smith received an alert that Brannon should be considered armed and dangerous. Smith requested backup. 

The officer went back to the car and "engaged him in conversation". According to GBI spokesperson Scott Dutton, the officer at one point "deployed his Taser, which was actually ineffective." That's when the driver allegedly pulled a gun on the officer, and the officer fired his weapon. More than one shot was fired, but the GBI is still investigating to determine exactly how many shots. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital, but died from his injuries. 

The GBI continues its independent investigation. An autopsy at the GBI Medical Examiner's office is scheduled for October 16. 


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