September 29, 2016
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
The GBI reports the officer was threatened with a knife after she attempted to stop his assault on a woman.
The officer is identified as Alyssa Shirey.
The man was identified as Johnathan Lozano-Murillo. He died of his injuries, according to a statement from the GBI.
Authorities did not release the race of either the officer or the man.
The GBI continues its investigation. The Valdosta Police Department requested the GBI's assistance in the case. The GBI will submit its case file to the Southern District Attorney's Office upon completing the investigation.
Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Shirey was dispatched to the 1600 block of Fresno Street on a child custody call involving a man and a woman, according to the GBI's preliminary findings.
While Shirey spoke with Lozano-Murillo, the woman arrived. He reportedly attacked the woman. Shirey attempted to protect the woman as the man repeatedly struck her, according to reports.
Lozano-Murillo reportedly pulled a knife and advanced on the police officer. The police officer used a taser on the man but it "was ineffective," according to the GBI.
He continued approaching Shirey and the police officer shot him, according to the GBI.
He was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries.