Georgia trooper shoots traveler after I-75 stop

Associated Press

Tifton, Ga. — Authorities say a Georgia State Patrol trooper shot a traveler on the shoulder of Interstate 75 in a confrontation during a traffic stop.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang says the shooting happened just after 11 a.m. Friday near Tifton in southwest Georgia. Lang says a Georgia state trooper pulled over a driver for speeding. She says preliminary information indicates that a passenger got out of the vehicle and confronted the trooper.

Lang says that during the confrontation, the trooper fired a single gunshot that hit the passenger, who was taken away by ambulance. No other information was immediately available, including the condition of the person who was shot.

GBI agents were on the scene investigating, which is customary after officer-involved shootings in Georgia.