The suspect, who was shot once after stabbing the officer in the face and elsewhere with a box cutter, Strickland said, has died from his injuries. The suspect, with the box cutter in his hand, punched at the officer, Strickland said.
He referred other questions to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting that took place Monday morning on North Ninth Street.
“We want to do it right,” Strickland said of the investigation and for the officer, “who has to live with this.”
GBI Region 2 Special Agent in Charge Wayne Smith said Tuesday that the suspect, Walter Folds, “was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and was pronounced dead upon arrival.”
Smith said the incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m., Monday and “Chief Strickland contacted us shortly thereafter to do a law enforcement use of force investigation.”
Smith said the incident occurred in Thomaston Mills Park, behind Gospel Tabernacle Church. He said officers were trying to arrest Folds on an aggravated assault warrant.
Smith said “the evening before Folds had an altercation with his wife and she was cut pretty severely in the abdomen, probably with the same sharp-point object.”
Smith said officers encountered the suspect in the park, and that he ran into the woods and officers pursued him. When the officer caught up with Folds, Smith said, that’s when the incident took place.
Smith said the GBI will not release the officer’s name until the investigation is completed.