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Sheriff's office says man accidentally shot self during police chase

CANTON, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said a man appears to have accidentally shot himself while being pit maneuvered during a police chase, Friday.

The incident happened on Interstate 575 around 8 p.m. when police saw a man matching the description of a carjacking suspect on Dr. John T. Pettit Street - in a second carjacked vehicle.

The man, later identified as Justin B. Goodwin, 36, of Jacksonville, Fla. was believed to be involved in the theft of a Dodge Ram pickup truck earlier in the day in Ball Ground, Ga. and was chased down the same interstate before pursuing officers lost sight of him headed toward exit 19 in Canton, Ga.

That’s why police had a perimeter set up and K9 units on the scene looking for the man. On the second police pursuit, the man didn’t have as much luck. Lt. Jay Baker with the sheriff’s office said a deputy pit maneuvered his vehicle forcing him to crash the stolen - Dodge Caravan.

But despite the resulting wreck – which Baker said in a release also damaged another vehicle – there was only one injury. That was a gunshot wound to Goodwin’s leg that apparently happened during the accident - and was self-inflicted.

The Georgia State Patrol has taken over the accident investigation and Goodwin was transported to Kennestone Hospital for his injury.

When he gets out, he faces charges of felony fleeing and attempted to allude, two counts of armed robbery, felony theft by taking, obstruction and entering an automobile.

Authorities expect addition charges.


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