37-Year-Old Man Killed by Athens-Clarke County Police Officers Thursday

Updated: Feb 20

The suspect was likely unarmed when he was killed, a weapon was not recovered from the scene.

Athens, GA - One man is dead after an officer involved shooting incident in a wooded area near Newton Bridge Rd. Thursday.

Just after 9:00 am, Athens-Clarke County Police (ACCPD) officers identified a stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it. Officers followed the vehicle until the driver, identified as 37-year-old Timothy Daniel Statham, drove into a ditch near Newton Bridge Rd. and Fritz Mar Ln. Statham exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. No other occupants were in the vehicle.

ACCPD officers responded to the area and attempted to take Statham into custody but he refused to comply and would not take his hands out of his pockets. According to ACCPD, Statham threatened officers and said "he had more ammunition than they did".

One officer attempted to use a less lethal 40mm round on Stratham to gain compliance from him without success. Statham advanced towards officers and three of them discharged their service weapons; striking Statham, who died at the scene. No officers were injured.

Names of all four officers involved have been released. SPO Jamie Jones fired a less lethal 40mm round at Statham. Sergeant Tim Johnson, OFC Dustin Tilley and Officer Jerald Rogers all discharged lethal rounds.

Statham was likely unarmed when he was killed, a weapon was not recovered from the scene. Statham had felony warrants out of Jackson and Barrow Counties. Statham's body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) crime lab for an autopsy. The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

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