published Friday, October 19th, 2012

GBI investigating shooting by officer

A Whitfield County, Ga., deputy is under investigation after shooting a man the deputy said tried to run him over with a truck to avoid arrest.

Roy Anthony Pangle, 35, was shot in the upper torso Wednesday night and taken to Erlanger hospital, where he is listed in stable condition, authorities say. He has been charged with aggravated assault, Whitfield County Maj. John Gibson said.

Gibson said officers were called to a home in Dawnville, Ga., after Pangle broke into his estranged wife's house and was threatening to hurt her. Pangle also disturbed his neighbor's house on Mitchell Bridge Drive, Gibson said, then got in his four-wheel-drive truck and fired a handgun out the window.

When Deputy Phillip Bishop arrived, Pangle pinned the deputy against some trees with the truck. With nowhere to escape, Bishop shot Pangle, according to Gibson.

Even then, Pangle refused to get out of his truck, and Deputy Ben Dyer pulled him out, Gibson said. But as he was struggling with Pangle, Dyer cut his arm on broken glass. He was treated at Hamilton Medical Center, Gibson said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents were investigating the area Thursday morning to get a better sense of what happened, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey said. Investigators will determine if Bishop followed procedures before he shot Pangle, he said.

Gibson said officers admit the whole scenario was bizarre and Pangle was acting erratically. Tests will be run to see if he had any drugs or alcohol in his Gibson said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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