“Atlanta, Ga. (CW69 News at 10pm)”
Newnan, GA (June 16, 2020) – On Monday, June 15, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Newnan Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 8:57 PM, a Georgia State Patrol Trooper radioed dispatch about being involved in a high-speed pursuit exceeding 100 mph of a male subject, later identified as Azavious Lavonta Echols, age 25, of Woodbury, GA, driving a motorcycle westbound on GA Highway 34 in Newnan, GA. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as a black male, wearing a t-shirt with blonde dreadlocks.
At approximately 9:02 PM, a motorist called 911 and stated that a driver in a motorcycle had turned into the Greison Trail area. A short time later, officers with Newnan Police Department and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office located a black motorcycle abandoned behind a restaurant at 67 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA. Officers then began searching the area for the driver.
At approximately 9:05 p.m., while searching the area, officers observed Echols who matched the reported description inside of Bail Bonds 24-7 located at 629 Greison Trail. It appeared that Echols had forcibly entered the location. Upon making contact with Echols, officers began giving him verbal commands. A Newnan Police officer alerted other officers that Echols had a gun. The Newnan Police Officer fired his duty issued handgun at Echols, striking him once in the leg. At the time of the incident, Echols was in possession of a handgun and was reportedly reaching for it when he was shot.
Echols was transported by EMS to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were no officers injured during this shooting incident.