Jonathan Ayers, Georgia Baptist Church Pastor, Shot By Police
Jonathan Paul Ayers, a pastor from Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Lavonia, GA, was fatally shot by police on Tuesday afternoon in Toccoa, Georgia after the police thought he was involved in a drug transaction.While the Georgia police officers had reason to suspect a drug transaction, no evidence of drugs was found in Jonathan Ayers' car after the shooting.
Prior to the shooting, Jonathan Ayers was in a car with woman who was under surveillance for dealing drugs. The police thought a drug transaction might have taken place. After the Shoal Creek Baptist Church Pastor dropped the woman off at a gas station, two undercover police officers approached his car and identified themselves as police officers, according to John Bankhead, a spokesman from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is looking into the shooting.
Bankhead told CNN that Jonathan Ayers backed up his car, hitting one police officer, and then drove his car forward towards another officer. Thinking his life was in danger, the police officer in front of the car shot at Ayers, wounding Ayers in the torso.
"The subject kept going and drove off," Bankhead said. "And later he ran off the road. He was taken a local hospital, went into surgery and died an hour later."
The exact cause of Ayers' death is still unclear and will not be announced until after an autopsy.