Union City Officer Gets Repeatedly Shot, Returns Fire, Takes Out Gunman

Union City Police Officer Jerome Turner, Jr. is in stable condition after being shot multiple times during a chase.

Union City, GA – A Union City police officer won a gunfight after he was shot multiple times on Monday evening while responding to a call for a fight on Highpoint Road.

Authorities said that Union City Police Officer Jerome Turner, Jr. responded to the call on April 1 for a fight at a home in the 6200-block of Highpoint Road, near the border of City of South Fulton and Union City, WXIA reported.

Officer Turner was interviewing people in the area when one of the men he tried to talk to took off running.

The officer notified dispatch that a suspect had fled and that he was in pursuit on foot, according to WXIA.

He also advised dispatch that the suspect had a weapon.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), which is the agency investigating the officer-involved shooting, said Officer Turner told them he was pursuing the suspect when the suspect turned around and began shooting at him, WXIA reported.

Officer Turner returned fire, and 19-year-old Veltavious Griggs was fatally shot.

Backup officers who arrived on the scene found both Officer Turner and the suspect on the ground, according to WXIA.

Griggs was pronounced dead at the scene and Officer Turner was transported to Grady Hospital.

Officer Turner had been shot multiple times and was taken into an emergency surgery that lasted for six hours, WXIA reported.

Union City Mayor William Oxford said the officer had survived the first surgery and was scheduled to go back into surgery, but that doctors said his condition was stable.

Oxford told WXIA that Officer Turner was only alive because of his ballistic vest.

The mayor told reporters they were "incredibly thankful for bullet proof vests this morning because the officer got shot directly in the chest and it didn’t penetrate."

Tiffany Brown told WXIA that she got a call from her daughter, shortly after the shooting, telling her that she needed to come home right away.

"When I made it here, from my understanding somebody was shot in front of my house," Brown said.

She said that Griggs was the father of her daughter’s baby, and her daughter was eight months pregnant.

Brown said her daughter had been out picking up wings for dinner when the incident occurred.

After her daughter saw the shooting scene, she went into early labor and had to be transported to Emory Hospital, WXIA reported.

"It's just crazy," the mother said. "It's real scary. It is close to home. It's at my home. And for someone to be shot and killed in front of my house? ...for my daughter's [baby’s] father to be shot in my front yard. It's crazy."

She complained that her son, who was home at the time of the shooting, had been put in the back of a police car while officers investigated, and that none of them were allowed to return to their home for an extended period, according to WXIA.

Shortly after she arrived at the scene, Brown complained that police weren’t telling her anything about what happened.

"I'm trying to see was it the police shooting or was somebody shooting first in order for them to shoot - I need to know what happened," she said. "Police didn't tell me anything."

Griggs’ mother, Shantrina Griggs, told WXIA her son was a rapper known as “T Money" who was turning his life around.

His mother said her son had recently been signed by a rap record label, WAGA reported.

"He started going to the studio, started doing good by me, telling me 'Mama, I'm not bad no more,'" she said.

Comments (20)
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Propolice
Propolice

We have to support our Officers and stop listening to this BS Designed only to get $$$ for the deaths of criminals. Stop the lawsuits and RAISE YOUR DAMN KIDS!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

yes, he was turning his life around.... he turned it around, pulled out a gun, and shot the officer multiple times in the best. Glad to hear the officer is going to survive.

Jsmoe
Jsmoe

Reports state rapper T Money, with the help of Officer Turner, has successful turned his life around and will no longer be committing any crimes!

HBrogan57
HBrogan57

And there's the "He was turning his life around" reasoning. Well, evidently NOT if he was running from police while ARMED.......

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

I guess he didnt really turn his life around sorry to all involved if you are told to stop just do it and no one will need to make excuses for you.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

He lied to you Shantrina

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

Liberals are now going to complain that bulletproof vests give officers an unfair advantage.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

One less POS on the streets!

UhO5O
UhO5O

Well, the appropriate response Mom would have been, "Say what?" "My daughter's baby daddy ran from then shot at "12"? "Damn day boy stupid.” "Thank you for telling me bout all of it." "I'm on go on inside and mind mines holla if you need me.") I pray day officer is gonna be alright." But any we all know that is so not real life. Praying for the office and his family both blood and blue. Praying for a speedy and complete quick recovery.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

I wonder if if there going to say to was a racist shooting that would be funny a black officer and a black suspect lol. Has anyone else noticed that everyone of the thugs that get shot are rappers and the family always say how good they were or how they have turned their lives around or for me the funniest and all time favorite (they were getting ready to go to college lol) prayers for everyone and my brother in blue stay strong!!

Chiefy
Chiefy

Prayers for healing, recovery and a return to duty, for Officer Turner. Prayers for comfort and strength for the Turner family, his co-workers and friends. Prayers also for the family of the young man killed in the tragic situation.

GForce48
GForce48

Glad to hear our Brother Officer is stable and things are looking good for him at this point. Prayers to him for a full recovery and strength to him family!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Veltavious? I think it was suicide by cop because he hated his stupid name so much.

chiefd
chiefd

Oh yes, an inspiring rapper calling himself T Money who was turning his life around. What kind of life did the ahole have before, a criminal one? I'd like to see his rap sheet.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Glad to hear Officer Turner is ok and healing . and "Velvita "...say cheese.

LynnSB
LynnSB

God Bless Officer Turner --

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"Ma, I ain't no bad anymo?" My goodness!