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GBI Investigating Assault of Georgia State Trooper


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an assault of a Georgia State Trooper. According to a media release form the agency, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol requested the probe regarding a shooting incident involving the trooper.

The GBI reports that around 10:10 pm on Tuesday, January 21, the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 24-year old Tim Carruth of Colbert.

When Carruth tried to flee, the trooper performed a “P.I.T.” maneuver, causing Carruth’s vehicle to get stuck on the side of GA Highway 72.

Carruth got out of the vehicle and began firing at the trooper with an assault-style rifle. The trooper returned fire.

No one was injured by gunfire. Carruth ran into nearby woods.

He was located approximately two hours later with help from a K-9 unit from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Carruth is charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. More charges will be filed as the investigation continues.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident. Assisting with the incident were GSP, GBI, the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the University of Georgia Police Department, the Danielsville Police Department, and the Comer Police Department.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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