Officers Taylor Saulters and Hunter Blackmon were riding together as a two-person unit when they found a man who was wanted for felony warrants, police said. After initially trying to block the man, who was identified as Timmy Patmon, Saulters used his auto to ram Patmon and send him flying across the hood of his cruiser.
A Georgia police officer has been fired after an investigation found that he had intentionally hit a fleeing suspect with his auto.
As Saulters exits his auto, a group of community members gather on the scene, complaining about how the officer used his vehicle.
That's when Saulters patrol auto collided with Patmon.
"Give us your hands now, or you're going to get Tased", the officer can be heard saying in the video.
The footage also shows Saulters threatening to use a Taser on Patmon while he is already on the ground and being detained by Blackmon. 'Do you understand me? He has since been charged with with violating his probation and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Saulters is then heard asking Patmon if he's injured, to which Patmon replies, "Man, you hit me with your vehicle!" as witnesses gather around the scene.
The department has now confirmed that Saulters has been fired following an investigation into the incident.
"I appreciate that, because that make them look bad, and I know good and well they trainers don't train no one to run over people's children", Brown said.
Authorities say Patmon was taken to the hospital for scrapes and bruises.
"After reviewing the officers' body camera footage, and all the other facts and circumstances of this case, Chief Scott Freeman terminated the employment of Officer Taylor Saulters", the department said in a Facebook post Saturday. "I thought my son was dead", she said.
He added that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating to determine whether Saulters, who graduated from the police academy less than a year ago, will face criminal charges.