On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Calhoun Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred at the BP Station on 312 South Wall Street, Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:00 PM, two female occupants of a vehicle were located at the BP Station. Calhoun Officer Jeremy Thompson encountered a female subject (driver) at the BP station. The female was slightly short on change in making a purchase. Officer Thompson provided the remaining change to complete the transaction and they both exited the store. Officer Thompson smelled an odor that was suspected to be marijuana and encountered Tameka LaShay Simpson (passenger), age 27, of Columbus, GA. At that point, Officer Thompson called in a suspicious vehicle. Officer Joe Yother arrived on scene as back up. Officer Thompson asked for identification. During the encounter, Simpson pulls out a firearm and begins firing shots which strike Officer Yother. Officers returned fire, striking and killing Simpson.
Officer Yother was struck in the arm. The projectile impacted his cell phone in his chest pocket. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and kept for observation.
The female driver was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for review.
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According to Calhoun police, a woman was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Tuesday.
Reports said that that an officer was conducting a routine traffic stop in which the vehicle was occupied with two female suspects. The officer allegedly detected an odor of marijuana from the vehicle and then when he asked for an ID a suspect reached into the glove compartment and pulled a gun and shot the officer in the chest.
Reports added that the bullet ricocheted off the officer’s cell phone and into his arm.
It was then a second officer on scene returned fire and struck the suspect.
The other suspect in the vehicle was taken into custody.
The officer that was shot suffered what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The GBI has been called in to handle the investigation.