October 30, 2020

Man shot and killed after firing at deputies in Coweta County

(Newnan/11alive.com) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is launching an investigation after Coweta County deputies got into a shootout Wednesday evening that left one man dead.

A woman and baby were inside the suspect’s car when the shooting began. It all happened on Herring Road in Newnan.

The suspect’s entire family is in shock tonight. About a dozen of Michael Johnston’s family gathered and stayed at the scene of the incident for several hours after the shooting. They are angry, and they want to know exactly what happened. They said they want to see a thorough investigation and the GBI promises to do just that.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has a version of what happened that begins with a traffic stop outside a bank in Newnan. A Coweta deputy noticed a forgery warrant out for the driver of a vehicle.

Instead of complying with that deputy, the driver — Michael Johnston — ran away, then fired six rounds striking the deputy’s car with five of those rounds. The officer was not hit, and was okay – and the officer did not return fire. However, the driver did pull away, and that is when he had the baby and the woman along with him.

Michael Johnston was stopped again a couple of hundred yards down the street, and that is where he fired once again. In response, he was shot and killed. His father says he just wants to know what really happened. (Feature photo courtesy of Newnan Times-Herald)

Read more at www.11alive.com


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