Charles Leon Johnson II, 29, was pulled over for a routine traffic stop when the Adairsville police officer realized he was wanted on a simple battery charge, according to a statement from Sherry Lang of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
As the officer tried to place Johnson under arrest, Johnson attempted to flee, dragging the officer along the road. The officer, whose name was not immediately provided, fired once and killed Johnson, the report said.
The incident occurred on Highway 140 at the northbound entrance to Interstate 75. The officer received medical attention, but his injuries did not require him to be hospitalized.
Adairsville Interim Police Chief Arnold Gillman requested the GBI investigate the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the district attorney for review.