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Man shot, injured by deputy during traffic stop faces several charges
Marvin Tard Jr.
Marvin Tard Jr.

A Stone Mountain man was shot in the arm by a deputy after authorities say he rammed into a patrol car early Tuesday in Gainesville. 

The man was identified Tuesday, Jan. 14, as Marvin Tard Jr., 47, by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He faces charges including two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Tard was pulled over on Mill Street at Athens Street at about 1:10 a.m. Jan. 14 for having a tail light out, according to a news release from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. During the traffic stop, the man put his vehicle in reverse and accelerated, ramming into the patrol car, spokesman Derreck Booth wrote.

“Following the crash, the suspect drove off, and one deputy fired his service weapon at the driver, hitting the man in his arm,” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office reported. No deputies were injured.

After Tard was shot, the vehicle he was driving crashed into a utility pole down the street.

Deputies called emergency medical responders, and Hall County Fire Services took the man to the hospital. He was treated and released to the Hall County Jail.

Tard was also charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug-related objects, fleeing or attempting to elude and a tail light violation by the Sheriff’s Office.

“The Georgia State Patrol has also charged Tard with several traffic-related offenses, including DUI,” Booth wrote in a news release.

Gainesville Police also responded. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident and both deputies involved are on administrative leave, as is standard operating procedure in officer-involved shootings.

This is the third officer-involved shooting in Gainesville in the last four months. The previous two incidents involved Gainesville Police.

Adam English, 21, was fatally shot Sept. 20 in front of the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group surgical associates after reports of a man in the area waving a gun outside of the office.

Raphael Michael Torres, 35, of Gainesville, was shot Sept. 30 on West Avenue after he allegedly threatened medical personnel with a knife, police said. He died Oct. 6.

All of the Gainesville Police officers involved in the prior shootings have returned to regular patrol duties, Cpl. Jessica Van said Tuesday.

The investigative reports for both prior incidents have been sent to the Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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