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DeKalb Co. Police shoot carjacking suspect after chase
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – DeKalb County police shot a carjacking suspect after a police chase on Monday afternoon.

DeKalb County Chief of Police Dr. Cedric Alexander said the incident began when a man, identified by police as Eric Butler, tried to test drive a used SUV at CarNections Auto Sales off of Mountain Industrial Boulevard.

The salesman, Anthony Butcher, said Butler asked him to drive an SUV to his hotel about a half-mile away, a Hampton Inn, to get his driver's license and cash.

Butcher says when he pulled into hotel parking lot, Butler got out, walked to driver's side window, held knife to him and told him to get out of the vehicle. The salesman got out of the car and called police.

Officers spotted the suspect and gave chase, which lasted about five miles to an office park off of Stone Mountain Freeway. That's where Alexander said Butler rammed up to four police vehicles. Officers fired several rounds and stopped the driver.

Butler was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No officers were injured.

Butcher says he is thankful that he and police officers were able to get out of the situation alive and unhurt.

He says he believes that if he were still in the SUV that he may have been hurt or worse.

"So I thank God for saving my life," Butcher said.

Alexander said that the GBI will conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

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