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LAKELAND — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has named the policeman in an officer-involved shooting June 4.

Patrolman William Smith was involved in the incident, in which an escaping suspect being taken to a jail outside Lanier County was shot, said GBI Special Agent Mark Pro.

Shots were reported fired on U.S. 221 in Atkinson County at 10:44 p.m., according to a GBI statement.

Officers with the Pearson Police Department and Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to find Roy Kyle Mathis, 48, suffering from gunshot wounds. Mathis was being transported from Lakeland to the Coffee County Jail, the statement said.

As the transport vehicle entered Atkinson County, Mathis attempted to escape from the vehicle and an altercation between Mathis and the transport officer occurred, resulting in the officer firing his weapon, according to the GBI.

Mathis was transported to Coffee Regional Medical Center where he was treated and later moved to Savannah Memorial for treatment, the statement said.

No officers were injured in the incident. The Lakeland Police Department asked the GBI to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information or video of the incident is asked to contact the GBI Douglas office at (912) 389-4103.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident, authorities said. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Atkinson County District Attorney's Office for review.

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