FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2023
Marketing and Communications Manager
City of Woodstock, GA
770-592-6000, ext. 1012
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INCIDENT
WOODSTOCK, GEORGIA: On October 12, 2023, at approximately 2243 hours, City of Woodstock Police officers attempted to stop a motorist for a series of traffic offenses to include failure to maintain lane near Highway 92 and Hames Road. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Emmanuel Millard, fled after the officer’s initial contact during the traffic stop resulting in a vehicle pursuit.
After Woodstock Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle using the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), Mr. Millard crashed near Highway 92 and Old Mountain Park Road in Cobb County. While attempting to arrest Mr. Millard, an officer discharged his weapon, striking Mr. Millard. Mr. Millard was transported to North Fulton Hospital where he is currently being treated and is in critical condition.
The Woodstock Police Department has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conduct a separate and independent investigation into this officer involved shooting. As standard procedure, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by the GBI. As the lead investigating agency, all media requests regarding the investigation should be directed to GBI Public and Governmental Affairs.
“The Woodstock Police Department understands the value of every human life and will diligently work to maintain transparency throughout this investigation,” stated Woodstock Police Chief Robert Jones. “We recognize during officer involved shooting incidents, the media and community will have questions. The department will do our best to provide information as it becomes available to be released. Our goal in this and every situation is to act with integrity so that we maintain the public’s trust.”
The incident was captured on the officer’s body worn camera. During the pursuit, the suspect ran off the road in multiple locations, nearly struck multiple civilian vehicles, and attempted to strike police vehicles. While three law enforcement vehicles were damaged due to the suspect’s actions, no injuries were sustained by officers involved in the pursuit.
For more information on the Woodstock Police Department, visit woodstockga.gov/police.