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Bus hijacking suspect shot dead, man killed before chase in ATL metro: police

Bus hijacking suspect shot dead, man killed before chase in ATL metro: police

The GBI says after a man shot another man, he hijacked a bus and led a multi-county chase that ended with a shooting of the bus’s engine.

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ATLANTA, GA — A Stone Mountain man is facing multiple charges after being accused of shooting another man on a public bus and then hijacking the bus, leading to a multi-county chase.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that 39-year-old Joseph Grier boarded a Gwinnett County bus in downtown Atlanta around 4:15 p.m.

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At some point on the bus, the GBI said, Grier got into an argument with another man and the man pulled out a gun. Grier was accused of then taking the gun from the man and threatening passengers with it.

The GBI said Grier shot the man and told the bus driver to flee the scene. A multi-agency and multi-county chase began as the bus entered Gwinnett County and then DeKalb County, the GBI said.

The bus collided with several police vehicles during the chase and suffered a flat tire, the GBI said. The bus continued to flee with flat tires, the GBI said.

A police officer then fired a rifle at the bus’s engine, causing it to malfunction and stop, the GBI said.

The pursuit eventually ended on Hugh Howell Road in Stone Mountain and Grier was taken into custody without incident, the GBI said.

The man who GBI says was shot by Grier died at a local hospital. His identity is being withheld pending next of kin identification.

The bus driver was treated at a local hospital, the GBI said.

Fulton County Jail records show Grier was charged with suspicion of murder, 14 counts of kidnapping, first-degree auto theft, 13 counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Once the GBI case file is complete, it will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.