Posted at 1:42 PM - An eyewitness to last night's chase that led to the shooting of a 34-year-old Marietta man by Dunwoody Police told Dunwoody Patch her account, which is in line with an official statement by police.
The eyewitness, who didn't want to be named, was driving near the Ashford Dunwoody and Meadow Lane intersection on the way home from an appointment at the hospital around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
As she waited at the intersection with her 6-year-old child, she saw blue lights in her rearview mirror - and then a minvan driving recklessly with a white male inside.
Cars on congested Ashford Dunwoody headed to Mt. Vernon parted for the chase. The eyewitness said she was able to get in the turn lane near Spruill Gallery to get out of the way.
"I noticed a bunch of blue lights. There were a lot of blue lights that came up behind me," said the eyewitness. "He was right in front of them."
The brown minivan the man was driving made a U-turn at the intersection, according to the eyewitness, possibly to avoid the sluggish traffic headed to Mt. Vernon Road.
The man who was killed, identified Thursday by police as Bradley Almy was headed to the Perimeter Center East intersection, where he was shot by Sgt. Jason Dove, a police officer with Dunwoody Police since the department's inception in spring 2009.
Dove shot Bradley Almy late Wednesday afternoon after a chase that started near City Hall ended near Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center East, just one intersection down from where the eyewitness saw the chase.
Police did not give details on why the man may have come to City Hall, which is also the home of the police department.
Police say that two uniformed officers on foot - who was guiding heavy traffic at nearby crosswalks - approached the reckless vehicle near the Ashford Dunwoody and Perimeter Center East intersection to prevent Almy from fleeing.
Almy then allegedly rammed several vehicles, which police say he did repeatedly throughout the chase.
"Fearing for the safety of the motoring public, pedestrians and the officer’s safety, an officer fired one shot at the suspect," the department's official statement said. "The suspect struck additional cars and was able to continue through traffic and turned onto Perimeter Center East."
Almy drove less than a mile to the Savannah Park apartment complex where the chase ended after he hit a utility pole, police say. Savannah Park Apartments is one of a number of apartment complexes near City Hall and other office buildings.
"Officers immediately detained the suspect and rendered first aid until DeKalb Fire/EMS arrived on scene," according to the statement. "The suspect was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for emergency care where he was subsequently pronounced deceased."
Dove has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, say police.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in on the authorization of Police Chief Billy Grogan and was on scene last night, according to a GBI spokesman.
GBI collects facts and interviews people that saw the shooting, including other officers, and the file is sent to the district attorney's office for adjudication. Most reports take several months, said John Bankhead, spokesman for the bureau.
The Dunwoody Police Department said it would not comment further on the incident while the investigation continues.