CONYERS — A 20-year-old man was shot and wounded Thursday morning after he reportedly brandished a weapon at a Georgia State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop.
Gordy Wright, spokesman for the State Patrol, said the suspect has been identified as Cardal Dwayne Haywood of a Covington address.
According to Wright, the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop for following too closely on Salem Road at about 11:20 a.m.
"The vehicle pulled around in back of the (QuickTrip) and the trooper got him channeled and had the driver's side blocked, but he bailed out on the passenger side," said Wright. "(The suspect) turned around and brandished a weapon."
Wright said the trooper wounded the suspect with one shot to the thigh.
It was unknown Thursday afternoon how many shots were fired in the incident, Wright said.
"The GBI is doing the interview with (the trooper)," he said. "We're not real sure right now."
Wright said it was also unknown if the suspect faced any outstanding charges. The suspect's vehicle, a Mitsubishi Gallant, would be searched once it was towed to GBI headquarters, he said.
The trooper is assigned to the Atlanta Motorcycle Unit and was on his way to work driving a marked car, Wright said.
"He would have picked up the motorcycle once he got to the office," he said.
The investigation has been turned over to the GBI and the Special Investigation Division with the Georgia Department of Public Safety