Dalton man tried to attack officer with stun gun before he was shot

Dalton man tried to attack officer with stun gun before he was shot

July 22nd, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released more information about an officer-involved shooting in Dalton, Georgia Monday afternoon. 

The agency states 32-year-old David Schmitt, of Dalton, physically attacked a Dalton Police Department officer before he was shot. 

Around 9 a.m., local authorities began receiving calls about an "agitated man" at the corner of Abutment Road and Callahan Road in Dalton who was stopping cars and running in the street, a release states. 

When the officer, who has not been named, arrived and approached Schmitt, the Dalton man began physically attacking him, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The officer tased Schmitt, but Schmitt then obtained the officer's stun gun and tried to stun the officer, authorities said. 

The police officer then tried to retreat from Schmitt, but Schmitt continued to charge at the officer and attempted to fire the stun gun, the GBI said. That's when the officer fired his weapon several times at Schmitt. 

Schmitt was taken to the Hamilton Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release. The officer received minor injuries. 

Dalton police asked the GBI to respond to the shooting, and GBI officials stated they will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be provided to the Whitfield County District Attorney's Office for review.