DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting in DeKalb County that happened Wednesday evening.

Authorities said that the incident started off of Lawrenceville Highway where plain-clothed detectives were investigating. According to GBI, DeKalb County officers were at a Motel 6 when they encountered a vehicle that Forbes was driving. 

They said when officers approached the car, the driver allegedly rammed into a DeKalb County Police Department patrol vehicle.

Officers opened fire in response and struck him in the leg.

Police said the suspect continued driving and hit three other cars along the route before crashing in front of a Chevron at the corner of Northlake Parkway and Lavista Road. 

Authorities soon took the suspect, 32-year-old James Forbes, into custody.

This is about a quarter-mile from the DeKalb Police Department Headquarters. The area is also a heavy commercial district across from several shops and restaurants along with the nearby Northlake Mall.

At the scene, 11Alive found that the gas station parking lot was taped off and a white car with a drive-out tag was inside the tape with its airbags deployed.

Spokesperson Nelly Miles said this is the 57th such shooting that the GBI has been requested to investigate.

Forbes is being treated for his injuries at a hospital.


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