UPDATE: Director of Public Affairs Elizabeth Espy’s statement identified the driver as 18-year-old Isaiah Irby of Greer, South Carolina. Irby also fled the car after the crash. He has been charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and trafficking cocaine.
ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities say a man killed in a gunfight with police officers in a busy downtown area of Atlanta was from South Carolina.
Mark Guilbeau, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, identified him as 18-year-old Darius Smith of Greer, South Carolina.
Atlanta police Maj. Adam Lee III says an officer was patrolling downtown shortly before 8 p.m. Monday when a Jeep was spotted driving the wrong way. When the officer attempted to stop the Jeep, it sped up, struck a shuttle bus and then a pole.
The driver and passenger fled. The passenger ran behind a hotel and exchanged gunfire with officers. Witnesses say officers ducked behind cars as gunshots whizzed through the busy area, not far from several high-rise convention hotels.
Lee says Smith was found dead behind a trash bin. Lee says the driver was arrested.
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