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1 dead after kidnapping call leads to shooting involving police officer in downtown Decatur

The kidnapping victim is safe.

DECATUR, Ga. — A 911 call about a kidnapping in Chamblee started a police chase that ended in gunfire miles away in Decatur, authorities said. The suspect was also killed.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that they were requested to the scene by the Chamblee Police Department. 

They said around 11 p.m. on Monday, a 911 caller - who the GBI said resides in Chamblee -  reported that a friend was kidnapped by an unknown man with a gun.

Once officers arrived on scene in Chamblee, they got a description of the car, followed it into Decatur, and made attempts to stop the car. They said the car eventually crashed and a man, identified as Tyrone Penny, 21, of Lithonia, ran out of the car.

They said he reached the train tracks at the intersection of N. McDonough Street and W. Howard Avenue by Decatur High School. He then allegedly tried to run.

During the foot chase, the GBI said officers attempted to tase Penny but it was "ineffective." The officers found the man on the other side of the railroad tracks and during the encounter, officers fired their guns, striking the man. 

Penny was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The officers suffered "minor injuries during the pursuit," the GBI said.

The large crime scene spanned along the edge of Decatur High and had multiple roads blocked in the city. Students came upon the crime scene on their way to school Tuesday morning and were forced to navigate around police tape.

The kidnapping victim is safe and "not physically hurt," the GBI said. 

The car the man was driving was previously reported as stolen out of DeKalb County. A handgun was located on scene near the man.

At this point, GBI isn’t revealing anything more about what led up to the shooting.

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