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Georgia Cop Fired After Patrol Car Hit Fleeing Suspect

Georgia Cop Fired After Patrol Car Hit Fleeing Suspect
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By    |   Monday, 04 June 2018 10:23 AM

A Georgia cop was fired after body camera footage showed him hitting a suspect with his patrol car while on pursuit Friday, WSB-TV reported.

Athens-Clarke County police officer Taylor Saulters was following suspect Timmy Patmon, who was reportedly running from officers who allegedly had felony warrants against him, WSB-TV wrote.

Fellow officer Hunter Blackmon had jumped out of the patrol car to pursue Patmon on foot, the television station said. Patmon appeared to be struck by the patrol car and knocked to the ground.

"I thought my son was dead," Patmon's mother Tammy LaShay Brown Patmon told WSB-TV. "They were chasing him from behind. They didn't have to run him over. His arms and stuff are all marked up … and he's limping when he walks."

The television station said Saulters was initially placed on administrative leave after the incident on Friday.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in a statement on Facebook released Saturday that Patmon was evaluated at a local hospital for scrapes and bruises before being turned over to the Clarke County Jail.

Patmon, 23, was charged with probation violation and a charge of obstruction of a law enforcement officer, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

The statement said that after reviewing the officers' body camera footage and details of the case, that Chief Scott Freeman terminated Saulters.

The HuffPost reported that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation to determine if Saulters will be criminally charged.

"This was not the kind of conduct we would expect from an Athens-Clarke County police officer," Athens-Clarke police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told the Athens Banner-Herald.

Saulters, though, found support on social media with a GoFundMe account started to support the rookie police officer.

"Please help support officer Taylor Saulters who was wrongly terminated for doing his job," the page said in a statement. "Taylor who is an Army veteran is the sole income for his wife and 10-month-old son. He will need assistance while having to obtain an attorney to defend him against false allegations."

A message reportedly from Shannon Saulters, the officer's mother, posted that her son was following in his father's footsteps as a law enforcement officer.

"I will fight with everything I have to protect my son from this cruel world," the message said on GoFundMe. "… The media has one agenda ratings and they don't care who's lives they destroy. So I beg of everyone to please keep spreading this and keep my son in your prayers."

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