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Georgia Police officer fired after hitting suspect fleeing on foot with his patrol car

June 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Georgia Police officer fired after hitting suspect fleeing on foot with his patrol car

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A Georgia police officer has been fired after hitting a suspect who was fleeing on foot with his patrol vehicle.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department released bodycam video of Officer Taylor Saulters hitting 23-year-old Timmy Patmon during a pursuit that took place on Friday in east Athens.

“After reviewing the officers’ body camera footage, and all the other circumstances of this case, Chief Scott Freeman terminated the employment of Officer Taylor Saulters,” the department posted on Facebook on Saturday.

Patmon sustained scrapes and bruises.

Police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told the Athens Banner-Herald that Saulters broke departmental rules and procedures.

“This was not conduct that we would expect from an Athens-Clarke County officer,” he stated.

Saulters completed the police academy less than a year ago.

Authorities said Saulters and his partner Hunter Blackmon were on patrol when they saw Patmon. Blackmon knew Patmon had an outstanding felony probation warrant.

When Patmon fled, Blackmon got out and following him on foot, while Saulters stayed in the vehicle.

Saulters attempted to cut off Patmon but hit a stop sign.

When he tried again, he struck Patmon.

Patmon has been charged with violating probation and hindering a law enforcement officer after he was released from the hospital.

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