Man Killed for Evading Police in Dunwoody had Similar Charges in Cobb

Bradley Almy had a run-in with police last summer where he went to jail for evading police and suspicion of DUI.

Cobb County Sheriff's records show that the man who eluded police Wednesday night in Dunwoody was charged with a similar offense this summer that landed him in the Cobb County jail.

The 34-year-old Marietta man also has been charged with two DUIs and has three separate incidents of arrest that show he has been booked into the Cobb jail.

Bradley Almy was shot and killed Wednesday night by Dunwoody Police Sgt. Jason Dove after he led police on a chase that started at City Hall and ended on Perimeter Center East.

Dove shot the man after he rammed cars and continued to try and elude police at the Ashford Dunwoody and Perimeter Center East intersection near Perimeter Mall, according to Dunwoody Police.

Almy was involved in a similar incident last June, without the tragic results.

He spent three days in jail after a traffic incident with police that appeared to start with an improper lane change or speeding.

Almy then tried to elude police, according to the charges, and had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He was also charged with a DUI and failure to have his license with him.

There was a $10,000 bond for the arrest.

Almy's other run-ins with Cobb County law enforcement were five years ago.

He was booked into Cobb County Jail in December 2007 for a court related charge, according to the booking record.

In August of the same year he was booked into Cobb County Jail for a suspended registration, no license, and a charge of driving under the influence.

The booking charges don't reflect whether the man was ever convicted of any of the charges. None of the charges he went to jail for - including evading police -  are felonies.

Earl December 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
My closer to Brad than anyone, his dad, two officers walked up guns drawn to a. Stopped vehicle and one elected to fire rather than break a window as thus police cheifr described to me. Brad spent the last three years caring for his ttriplets. He just went back to work, Ask any of his 100 kit friends here in Atanta how giving or loving a person he was. By the way I pray for my son and thank God ever minute he did not anyone. But dichargeing your weapon at a stopped car range should be a last resort. Witnesses step forward and set the record straight.
jimmie December 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Earl..you may want to talk to Billy..hes out of control..
Outtie December 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Lol, I'm hardly out of control; Jimmie the troll
Mary December 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
police officers are not god(despite some thinking they are) they are human like everyone else...humans make mistakes, 3 yrs w/force is really not a long time, if his truly concern was the safety of bystanders/community/himself, shooting the tires would have slowed/stopped the vehicle that obviously continued to drive, now when sgt dove puts his head on his pillow at night may he close his eyes knowing that he took a life, the life of a father, a husband, a son, a brother when he had other alternatives to control the situation
Rob December 02, 2012 at 01:58 AM
In the event that at least one of the above comments is not from the Patch troll, I will say that love them or hate them, the DPD, like so many other city offices here, is a very lacking police force. I really like Chief Grogan, but the force is horrible. Just look at traffic issues in the city, just look at the pitiful Sneiderman investigation. To many friends of friends and DHA input, we were much better off under Dekalb county. This has been historically proven under our ( as of today), four year history!
jimmie December 02, 2012 at 02:37 AM
hey billy..waiting for the obit to see if the deceased had a brother..still doubt your word to the core
Michael Caldwell December 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Sound to me like the guy was endangering others using his vehicle as a deadly weapon. The officer responded with appropriate force and removed a guy from the gene pool who was bound to kill someone else--maybe you or your kids. How you can construe this as excessive force is beyond me. You people belonging to the "cop is always wrong" club are the first to whine when a cop doesn't show up quickly enough when you call. Earl and Mary you hardly deserve police protection.
Kate Callahan December 02, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Berating the father of the man who was killed may make you feel better, but it's just making you out to be a cold-hearted scumbag. Yes, Brad was driving erratically and dangerously. And yes, he was shot and killed. Debate away, but talking about it won't make anyone feel differently about what happened. Growing up as a friend of Brad's, my mind cannot wrap itself around what happened. This man was a father of three beautiful young children, a loving husband, a son, and a friend. What caused his behavior, I will likely never know. But the boy I met when I was six will not be judged by his last actions, at least not by me. For those who believe it their place to judge, best of luck to you. Sgt Dove is in my thoughts, I can't imagine making a decision like the one he had to make. Brad, rest in peace friend.
Dave Smith December 02, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'm with you Michael. I would love to say what happened was unfortunate, but if you have ever lost anyone to a drunk driver, you may think differently. There was a trend of Brad drinking and driving and I would have to say that sooner or later, he would have hurt or killed someone. I live in the same neighborhood as the Almy's and travel the very roads he has traveled on a daily basis. I feel sorry for his friends and family but not for Brad. I imagine the officer did not want to kill him, but there are consequences for your actions. As for him being a "great Dad", I have to disagree. If you are out drinking and driving, you are being a very irresponsible father.
Kate Callahan December 02, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Where was there information provided that Brad was drinking and driving? A past arrest does not prove guilt, so until an autopsy report is released, I would hold off on that assumption. He had, however, battled a brain tumor, which may have also contributed to his behavior. Guess I'll wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions.
Mary December 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
a good cop is one that can take control of a situation without loss of life...cops are not always right either...obviously by your statement of not deserving police protection, you have the mentality of a pea and the attitude of an idiot
Lisa December 08, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I personally know Sgt. Dove. He is a great officer and an amazing human being. He did his job to protect and there was NO other option. Everyone can judge and assume but he did not fire his weapon because he wanted to. I know this mans heart and it is heavy with what was required of him.
Elissa Bryn Harbuck December 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This guy came about 2 feet from plowing into my car in the CPK parking lot. I don't care what kind of person he was before that Wednesday night... His behavior was inexcusable, and unfortunately for him, it got him killed. The officer did the right thing. No telling how many people would have been hurt or killed if the police had let this guy keep plowing into people. I have NEVER witnessed someone drive with such complete disregard for other people. If a child, family, anyone had been walking from the restaurant to their car, they would have been hit by this selfish jerk.
Sarah December 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
He left behind 2 brothers
RP McMurphy December 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I think police just like to shoot people. Look at the Kathryn Johnston murder. But I understand his company will be closing Dunwoody operations by the first. 473 jobs to be lost.


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