GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Whitfield County

GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Whitfield County

December 15th, 2017 by Tyler Jett in Breaking News

Hernan Quijano

Hernan Quijano

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting that occurred during a chase in Whitfield County this week.

Tim Dolan, supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, said agency members arrived at a house on Hummingbird Drive Wednesday to find Hernan Quijano.

Quijano was wanted because he failed to return to a transitional center in Clayton County on Thanksgiving, Dolan said.

The Marshals Office's Smoky Mountain Fugitives Task Force also responded to Hummingbird Drive to arrest Quijano.

When officers found him, Donal said, Quijano rammed his vehicle into multiple officers' cars. He also allegedly tried to run over officers.

That led to a chase, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Greg Ramey. Two U.S. Marshals Service officers fired shots, according to a news release, which did not identify the officers. Nobody was injured, Ramey said.

Quijano was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on Thursday. Dalton police will take out warrants against Quijano for the incident this week, according to a release.

On Dec. 1, 2016, Quijano began serving a sentence for possession of Hydrocodone, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A transitional center is for Georgia Department of Corrections inmates who may soon be released on parole. The center has fewer restrictions and allows the inmates to receive drug or alcohol rehabilitation, as well as an opportunity to work.

This story was updated Dec. 15, 2017, at 11 p.m. with more information.