Arrested Man Shoots Trooper While Handcuffed

Troopers shot 27-year-old Kenneth Martin Anderson after the handcuffed man pulled a gun and fired at a state trooper.

Bartow County, GA – A wanted felon was fatally shot on Thursday after he used a hidden gun to shoot a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

Authorities said the incident began when the state trooper pulled over a gold Toyota Camry for driving too slow in the left lane of I-75, WXIA reported.

As he approached the vehicle with temporary West Virginia license plates, the trooper could see a gun and other contraband in the backseat, so he called for backup.

When backup arrived, the troopers made the driver and passenger get out of the car and searched them. They found drugs, guns, and cash inside the vehicle, but no weapons on their persons, WXIA reported.

Troopers handcuffed 27-year-old Kenneth Martin Anderson and then identified him using a portable fingerprint scanner after he initially gave police a fake name.

Georgia State Patrol Captain Mark Perry said it turned out that Anderson had a warrant for a parole violation and had been on the run for about eight months, according to WXIA.

That’s when things went sideways quickly.

"He's handcuffed behind his back. Apparently he had a weapon behind his back,” Capt. Perry said. “As he comes out, the trooper was standing a couple of feet from him. He turns with his hands behind him and shoots the trooper in the abdomen. In the vest."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said Anderson got off three shots before two other troopers returned fire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Capt. Perry said they believed Anderson had the gun hidden in the small of his back.

The trooper who was shot sustained blunt force trauma to his stomach area and was treated at the hospital and released.

Anderson was transported to Cartersville Hospital where he later died, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

The driver was taken to Bartow County Jail. The sheriff’s office is expected to file charges against her.

Police have not yet released the name of the trooper or the driver of the vehicle.

GBI was continuing to investigate the incident, according to WXIA.

Comments (43)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Hmm. Noncompliant individual. The site won't let me post the picture, but he's white.

On a positive note, good to see cops pulling people over going too slow in the fast lane. Please let that spread.

Bad news is you're not treating these suspects that fit the profile like suspects that fit the profile.

EDIT: the butthurt in my responses is something else.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Not a very good job of a pat down.Lucky to still be alive.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

What happened to patting suspects down? I bet the trooper don't make that mistake again. Glad he wasn't seriously injured or dead. No sympathy for the thug from me.

cspcapt
cspcapt

pat down, no SEARCH him

Saints
Saints

The Trooper has to be a rookie, to NOT know how to pat a suspect down!!! SPECIFICALLY after noticing/seen a "gun" in the back seat!!!....criminals are out to hurt law enforcement personel, DON'T HELP THEM YOUR SELVES !!!......

Grog
Grog

The trooper obviously did a lousy job searching him, if he did at all.

unholyone
unholyone

Should be a training video. It only takes one mistake to ruin your life. Laxity and complacency are the biggest enemies of police. Thank Heaven the trooper survived. I'll bet he never makes that mistake again.

RPG156
RPG156

He died? Oh, that is such a sad story....

TellMeTheTruth
TellMeTheTruth

Thank God the officer is ok. Hard lesson to learn, this story will touch all officers hearts and they will be more diligent. Good came from this, thank you Lord!!

EMarie
EMarie

Praying for all Officers.

pixiepup
pixiepup

Glad the trooper is okay! Good job that they killed the shooter!

bronx163
bronx163

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bronx163
bronx163

You have to toss your perps. U can not assume they have nothing. Where there is one gun there is a second gun.

Badge204
Badge204

Remember your Training!! Never, never assume. These idiots practice everyday to kill a LEO. God was with this trooper

ABWHITE
ABWHITE

Truth! I couldn't have said it Better

C911
C911

Glad the other troopers were on their game and killed this guy and saved the other troopers life.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

how do you miss a gun in the small of the back?