On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the GBI was requested by the Floyd County Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting on Kingston Highway, Rome, Floyd County, GA.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 6:20 AM, the Metro Drug Task Force and SWAT team were executing a warrant for drugs & weapons at 1933 Kingston Highway. The subject, identified as Michael Lee Spears, age 44, had the residence barricaded. Once officers made entry, Spears fired upon officers. Officers returned fire, striking Spears. Members of the SWAT team were able to render first aid until EMS arrived. Spears was transported to Floyd Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.
A woman in the house, Amanda Jean Nails, 34 of Rome, was taken into custody. She was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
No officers were injured in this incident.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be provided to the Floyd County District Attorney’s Office for review.
PREVIOUS STORY ON SPEARS FROM January 2017
Michael Lee Spears, 41 of Rome, was captured after a chase with police on Floyd Springs Road Wednesday, in which he allegedly traveled over 125 mph on a motorcycle.
Police said that Spears and another motorcycle was traveling on GA 1 at Old Summerville Road when they observed Spears drive away rapidly. Officers also stated that they saw a blue LED light on his motorcycle.
Reports stated that when the officer attempted to pull Spears over he then attempted to flee, with speeds reaching 128 miles per hour. They added that once Spears turned on Floyd Springs Road he lost control and wrecked.
A passenger on his motorcycle, which was Spears’ son, was injured in the accident. Police said that Spears then left his son at the wreck and attempted to flee on foot.
After a foot chase he was captured and arrested.
Spears son was treated and released.
Spears is charged with a stop sign violation, two counts of reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, restrictions on the use of blue lights, speeding, obstruction, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and parole violation.
The Floyd County Police Department has contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist with investigation of an officer involved shooting on Kingston Highway (Ga 293).
The Metro Drug Taskforce and SWAT team were serving a warrant at 1933 Kingston Highway when they were met by gunfire on Thursday at 630 a.m. Police returned fire and one person was shot.
The injuries to the male were not life threatening and members of the SWAT team rendered first aid and were able to stabilize him prior to EMS arrival.
The officer involved in the incident is a Floyd County officer assigned to the SWAT team.
The FCPD will defer all other questions to GBI pending their investigation.