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Charges filed against suspect shot by trooper

CONYERS -- A Covington man who was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper Thursday after he allegedly brandished an AK-47 during a traffic stop has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and faces at least six other charges.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation filed the assault charge against Cardal Dwayne Haywood, 20. The GBI is conducting the investigation into the shooting. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said other charges by the GBI may be pending.

In addition to the GBI charge, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has six charges pending against Haywood. Those charges are: following too closely, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, possession of drug-related object, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Haywood was shot once in the thigh Thursday morning after the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on Haywood's Mitsubishi Gallant for following too closely on Salem Road.

According to Gordy Wright, spokesman for the GSP, "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."

Bankhead declined to comment Friday on whether or not the suspect had fired the AK-47.

Bankhead said Thursday that Haywood is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm.

Haywood was taken by a Lifeflight helicopter to an Atlanta area hospital Thursday. He remained hospitalized Friday.