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Georgia police open fire on stolen semi truck that deliberately rammed vehicles


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is gathering details about a shooting incident that occurred behind a truck stop in Ringgold on Saturday night.

The incident began around 9:30 p.m. when Ringgold police officers attempted to pull over a stolen semi truck driven by John Raymond Tabor behind Cochran’s truck stop.

According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the traffic stop escalated when Tabor attempted to run over police: “During the attempted traffic stop, the offender rammed one of the patrol vehicles and attempted to run the officers over. As a result, shots were fired.

Ringgold police officer Anthony Thaxton “fired several times” into the truck driven by Tabor.

Tabor was arrested and booked into the Catoosa County jail without further incident.

Northwest Georgia News reports that Tabor was treated for minor injuries. No one else was hurt.

Tabor has been charged with aggravated assault against law enforcement officers, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, theft by receiving stolen property, interference with government property, driving while license suspended, and driving without a valid CDL. He is being held on a $41,000 bond.

Tabor has reportedly been arrested twice before for stealing semi trucks.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will continue an independent review of the officer-involved shooting incident.



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