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Georgia police under investigation for shooting at car with teens inside during attempted traffic stop

Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 1:05 AM EDT
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WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have asked residents in southeastern Georgia to turn over any video taken of a traffic stop where a police officer has been accused of shooting at Black children who were running away from the scene.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says there is no evidence suggesting the Waycross officer fired at the fleeing minors.

Investigators said a different officer did fire shots — but that was when two teenagers who were still in the car drove at the officer.

Nobody was hurt by the gunfire.

The GBI says no body camera footage was taken of the Saturday morning incident.

The GBI said in a news release that a 15-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries after an altercation with an officer.

The agency said the car had five juveniles _ ages 16 to 9 _ inside when an officer spotted the driver make a moving violation.

The GBI says the car stopped and the three younger children got out and ran, and an officer approaching the vehicle from the front fired several shots when it kept driving toward him.

Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were still inside.

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