LAKELAND — The Lakeland Police Department has asked state authorities to investigate an officer-involved shooting that took place Tuesday when an officer shot an escaping suspect, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement.

Early information indicated a Lakeland police officer reported shots fired on U.S. 221 in Atkinson County at 10:44 p.m. 

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, according to the statement.

Anyone with information or video of the incident is asked to contact the GBI Douglas Office, (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.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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