The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is investigating an incident where a man accused of kidnapping another man in Chamblee was shot to death by police officers in Decatur during a chase.

According to a news release, the GBI was requested to investigate the case, as is protocol in all incidents where a police officer shoots an individual, after a man was shot to death by police in Decatur. The suspect was later identified as Tyrone Penny, 21, of Lithonia.

May 17 at about 11:07 p.m., a Chamblee resident called 911 to say a friend had been kidnapped by an unknown man. Officers got a description of the suspect and his car and the male victim’s clothing and were also told the suspect was armed with a handgun.

“Officers located the car in Chamblee and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the car,” the release stated. “The car sped away from the officers, and the officers pursued the vehicle into Decatur. The officers were finally able to stop the car. The man got out of the car and ran down an embankment and onto the railroad tracks near West Howard Avenue (in) Decatur.

“During the foot pursuit, officers attempted to tase the man but it was ineffective. The officers met the man on the railroad tracks. During the encounter, officers fired their guns, striking the man. The man was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.”

According to the release, the suspect’s vehicle was reported as stolen out of DeKalb County, and a handgun was found on the scene near him. The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on Penny. The male victim is safe and unharmed, and the officers suffered minor injuries during the pursuit.

The GBI’s independent investigation will continue. Once finished, the case will be turned over to the DeKalb district attorney’s office for review.

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