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Chase across two Georgia counties ends after state trooper shoots driver

The driver is in critical condition at this time.

POLK COUNTY, Ga. — A chase across two counties ended Saturday after a state trooper shot a driver who was allegedly running people off the roads.

According to Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd, officers responded to a call regarding a reckless driver who was running motorists off the roads.

Dodd said authorities tried to stop the man driving the vehicle as he was traveling south on Georgia Highway 1, but the man continued fleeing to Haralson County.

That's when Georgia State Troopers got involved in the chase. A trooper performed a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit then fired shots toward the driver, according Georgia State Patrol.

The man was hit in the shooting. Emergency responders airlifted him to Grady Hospital. No officers were hurt in the incident.

A Tweet from the Haralson County Sheriff's Office said deputies from their agency were called in to assist with the chase once it reached the county line. Now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is involved in the case, which is standard for shooting incidents involving law enforcement. GSP is also conducting an internal investigation on the matter.

Authorities have not indicated whether or not the man had a weapon and Dodd previously told 11Alive it is unclear why the trooper fired shots. According to the GBI, the Mississippi man accelerated the truck toward a GSP trooper and a Haralson County deputy, prompting the gunfire. 

The GBI said there was also a women inside the truck during the incident. She was not injured in the shooting. The man, however, is currently in critical condition at the hospital.

11Alive is still working to gather more details on the shooting. This story will be updated as information becomes available.