Macon police say the man fatally shot by an officer late Thursday night had a gun in his hand.
Lewis Atkinson, 30, was in the process of “pulling” the gun on an officer who had pulled his car over in the 2900 block of Jadan Place about 11:50 p.m., according to a police news release.
Atkinson was shot multiple times and died in the emergency room at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 12:35 a.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Police officers were in the Village Green area of southwest Macon doing concentrated patrols Thursday night in response to complaints from residents about illegal activity.
About 11:50 p.m., an officer pulled over a car in the 2900 block of Jadan Place. An officer in an unmarked car patrolling in the area drove over to back up the officer who had stopped the car, according to the news release.
As the officer who made the traffic stop walked toward the driver’s side of the vehicle, the officer in the unmarked car noticed from the passenger’s side of the vehicle that the driver had a gun in his hand and was in the process of pulling it on the officer who made the traffic stop, according to police.
Shots were fired and the driver was wounded. He was taken to The Medical Center by ambulance.
Rico Butts said he and his family were in bed when they heard three shots about midnight.
“I didn’t come outside, I just stayed in the house,” Butts said. “I wasn’t even going to get up because I thought someone in the neighborhood was shooting.”
Gunfire is common in Butts’ neighborhood, he said. His 4-year-old daughter awoke to the shooting early today.
Butt said it’s his understanding that Atkinson was the only person inside a gold car that police stopped in front of his house. Blood stains his driveway, shattered glass is in the road and some crime scene tape is clinging to a satellite dish next door and a tree across the street this morning.
“I wish he had stopped in front of somebody else’s house,” said Butts, who didn’t want anyone to think he was connected to the fatal shooting in front of his home.
Writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.
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