Harrowing Atlanta Bus Chase Ends In DEADLY Tragedy

By Greg Moriarty | Thursday, 13 June 2024 04:30 PM
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In a chilling incident that unfolded in Atlanta, Georgia, a man was fatally shot on a commuter bus following a high-speed chase through the city and its suburbs on Tuesday afternoon.

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) was initially alerted to reports of gunfire on a bus and a potential hostage situation, as reported by the Daily Caller.

Upon the arrival of law enforcement at the scene, the bus in question sped off, triggering a city-wide pursuit that involved multiple law enforcement agencies. The APD claims that the chase traversed several areas of the city. Videos obtained by Raws Alerts depict the allegedly hijacked bus weaving through traffic as police attempt to cordon off the area and continue their pursuit. Another video shows the same bus being chased by a swarm of police vehicles.

APD Chief Darin Schierbaum, in a statement to CBS News, said, "Our initial call was of a gunman on the bus, that was holding hostages, and possibly there had been a discharged weapon." He further added that one of the officers arrived on the scene post the 911 call and "confronted the perpetrator, that then forced the bus driver to drive off."

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The law enforcement agencies employed various strategies to halt the bus, which eventually came to a stop in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The alleged perpetrator, 39-year-old Joseph Grier, was taken into custody without further incident, as per the press release. Upon inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered an adult victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

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Johnny Gilbert, an Atlanta resident whose wife was on the bus during the incident, shared his harrowing experience with 11Alive. "She called me, and I was sitting at my desk working and told me that one guy had shot another guy on the bus," he said. "I'm like, 'what?' It just didn't make any sense to me." Gilbert continued, expressing his concern for his wife's safety, "Once I realized that somebody really did shoot somebody, she was on the phone, and I told her to put the phone down because I was worried about him shooting her or something. Put the phone down, turn it off and just sit quietly and just don’t say anything to anybody."

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The suspect, Grier, has a criminal history with 19 arrests, including incidents involving weapon possession, according to 11Alive. Chief Schierbaum reportedly told reporters that, as a convicted felon, Grier was not legally permitted to possess a firearm. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle to maintain law and order in our cities, and the critical role of law enforcement in ensuring public safety.

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