***UPDATED at 2:23 A.M. on Thursday, January 28th***
Cobb County, GA (WSB) – A Georgia State Patrol trooper is recovering at Kennestone Hospital after police say a suspect shot him following a chase.
The shooting shut-down Interstate 75 for several hours on Wednesday, but shortly before 11 p.m. the expressway was re-opened. The Georgia State Trooper underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Wednesday afternoon, Georgia State Trooper Jacob Fields was trying to pull over Israel Valdimir Rodriguez for speeding on Interstate 75 in Atlanta, Georgia, when Rodriguez took off. The chase lasted nearly 10 minutes according to officials. During that time a second trooper tried to help by creating a box-in maneuver to stop Rodriguez.
“They tried to stop the vehicle and one in front, one to the side, one to the rear,” said an official.
Rodriguez hit a third vehicle before the chase ended near Delk Road.
“He comes out of the vehicle. he has a weapon, shot are exchanged,” added the official.
Rodriguez shot trooper fields in the lower abdomen below his bullet-proof vest and once in the leg. Trooper Fields also shot Rodriguez several times. Traffic was backed up on I-75 for most of Wednesday evening.
Rodriguez is also in surgery, no word on his condition. He faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
View the latest information on this story from WSB-TV here.
***POSTED at 4:23 P.M. on Wednesday, January 27th***
Cobb County, GA (WSB) – WSB-TV in Atlanta is reporting that all lanes of I-75 southbound have been shut down near Delk Road because of a police shooting.
WSB has confirmed that a Georgia State Patrol trooper was shot at the end of a police chase.
WSB has their NewsChopper 2 overhead and they showed at least two people were being worked on by medics at the scene.
Channel 2’s Jason Durden said for drivers to use U.S. Highway 41 to get around the backup on I-75.
A source reportedly told WSB Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt that the trooper was shot in the stomach and arm.
He has been identified as Trooper Jacob Fields, a 3-year veteran of the Georgia State Patrol, those close to the investigation told Channel 2.
Police are diverting traffic off of I-75 south at S. Marietta Parkway to clear way for the investigation.
There is no word on how long the expressway will be shutdown.
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