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287805
OFFICER CLEARED IN DEADLY SHOOTING 2003
HOLLY SPRINGS, GEORGIA
DASHCAM
9-9-2003
55:05
4:30
DAYTIME COLOR DASHCAM VIDEO, COP RACING ALONG SIDE AN OLDER MERCEDES LOOKING CAR, TWO POLICE CARS SANDWICH THE CAR, AND WHEN THEY APPROACH CAR WITH GUNS OUT THE MERCEDES TRIES TO BREAK FREE AND IS COMING RIGHT AFTER POLICE OFFICER AFTER ALREADY BUMPING HIM BY HITTING HIS OWN INTO HIM, OFFICER FIRES MULTIPLE ROUNDS AT DRIVER AS HE’S COMING AT HIM, OFFICER GETS OUT OF THE WAY AND MERCEDES CONTINUES DOWN THE ROAD INTO A DITCH, OTHER CARS RACE TO THE SCENE, OFFICER WHO FIRED GUN AND WHO WAS HIT LAYING ON GROUND, HIS LEG IS HURT, OTHER OFFICERS TALKING TO HIM,
Investigators in Cherokee County reconstructed the events that led up to a shooting by a Holly Springs police officer that left a Ball Ground man dead. Police said 59-year-old David Michael Purdy Sr. was initially chased by a Marietta police officer who spotted him driving erratically on Interstate 75 on Sunday. Holly Springs Police and Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies picked up the chase on Interstate 575 where Purdy eventually pulled his car to the side of the road. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as his son, 37-year-old David Michael Purdy Jr. Like surveyors, Cherokee County Sheriff traffic unit officers mapped out the crime scene on Interstate 575 one day after the shooting. Lanes of traffic were closed off on Monday while integral points of the crime were plotted to scale. Purdy's vehicle was surrounded by three patrol cars just north of Sixes Road on Interstate 575. According to investigators, a Cherokee County Sheriff patrol car pulled in behind Purdy's car while a Holly Springs patrol car pulled in front. Another patrol car pulled alongside Purdy's door. Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison says the Holly Springs officer got out of his car and approached Purdy. Sheriff Garrison says that's when Purdy rammed all three patrol cars to break free. "The perpetrator throws it in reverse, rams the car in the back, and then strikes the car in the front, which throws the patrol car into the officer, at such time he returned fire," Garrison said. Sheriff Garrison says veteran Holly Springs police officer Will Round fired seven shots at Purdy. The suspect's vehicle plowed through the three patrol cars, crossed over the median, and the southbound lanes, and finally came to rest against a tree. Purdy died from the gunshot wounds. His son, David Purdy Jr., was unhurt. Sheriff Garrison said both father and son had been drinking alcohol. Officer Round suffered deep contusions to his thigh when his patrol car hit him, according to Sheriff Garrison. He was treated and released from Kennestone Hospital. The sheriff said it initially appears that Officer Round acted by the book. "The standard we are looking for is, is he in fear of his life and at this point it appears obvious that he was in fear of his life, and returned fire," Garrison said. Officer Round has been put on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Sheriff Garrison said David Purdy Sr. has an extensive arrest record in Cherokee County. His son, David Purdy Jr., will not be charged
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CAUGHT ON TAPE
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
CAUGHT ON DASHCAM
CAUGHT ON VIDEO
DASHBOARD
CHASE
POV
IN CAR
POLICE
COPS
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