The officer, whose name was not released, had pulled over Kevin Shymel Gibbs, 24, of Austell at about 5 p.m. during the course of a traffic stop for driving “a suspicious vehicle” on Park Road in Smyrna.
Smyrna Police Officer Michael Smith declined to explain what made the car suspicious.
As the officer got out of his car, Gibbs attempted to run him over, Smith said.
The officer then shot Gibbs, before Gibbs drove away, prompting a police chase for about a mile during which several other vehicles were struck.
The pursuit ended when the officer’s and Gibbs’ cars collided at the intersection of Spring Road and Glenroy Drive.
Gibbs was taken to a hospital for treatment, after which he is expected to be incarcerated in the county jail.
Gibbs has been charged with aggravated assault with intent to murder and felony obstruction.
As is routine in any officer-involved shooting, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation by Smyrna police detectives.
Smith would not say whether there was a video recording of the incident.
He did say that all marked patrol vehicles in Smyrna are equipped with in-car cameras.