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The GBI is investigating after a Georgia State Patrol officer shot a man during a vehicle chase. The man later died.

Per protocol, GSP contacted the GBI to conduct an investigation in Cedartown, Ga and determine exactly what happened.

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According to a press release issued by the GBI, troopers were holding a DUI check on Fish Creek Road shortly after midnight early Saturday morning when a vehicle tried to get away. Troopers went in pursuit and stopped the vehicle at an intersection and a passenger exited the vehicle.

Trooper Johnathan Mason was making contact with the driver when the man suddenly accelerated and Mason fired, the release stated.

The man was later identified as Jason Dennis Watkins, 36 of Polk County. He was taken to the Polk County Hospital where he died. An autopsy will be performed this week

After the investigation is complete, information will be turned over to the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for revie

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