A man who was shot by a Dunwoody police officer during Wednesday’s evening commute was in legal trouble before the incident and there has been a systematic effort to delete social media accounts connected to him.
According to Dunwoody Police, the deceased is Bradley Almy, 34, of Marietta. He was arrested in Marietta in June for charges related to driving under the influence. He also was arrested in 2007, but the record has been expunged, according to Arrests.org.
He previously worked as an account executive at Creative Loafing, according to Publisher Sharry Smith. According to a cached version of his LinkedIn profile, he also was employed by Capstone Financial as a sales representative.
An employee at Capstone Financial declined to comment.
In addition to his LinkedIn profile, a Twitter, Pinterest and other accounts under his name have been deleted. It isn’t clear whether they were deleted before or after the incident.
Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS Atlanta reported that officers coming out of the evening roll call noticed a driver in the Dunwoody Police Headquarters parking lot driving recklessly.
They followed the black minivan. It pulled into the Exxon gas station parking lot, police said, and struck a number of cars before it drove off and headed northbound on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
The driver then made a U-turn and headed southbound, where he approached a congested intersection, police said.
The officers saw what was happening and rushed over. One of them positioned himself in front of the minivan as it was stopped and shouted commands at the driver, but the driver lurched forward, Officer Tim Fecht said.
The officer “felt that he was in imminent danger and shot one time,” Fecht said.
The officer’s bullet struck the driver in the torso, but he kept driving, police said. His van finally came to a stop near an apartment complex on Perimeter Center East.
DeKalb County paramedics rushed the man to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The officer who fired the shot was placed on routine administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the case.
Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS Atlanta contributed to this report.