A White Georgia man who opened fire on state troopers and begged them to kill him on Monday walked away with only a shoulder injury.
Authorities say Leighton Marchetta, 21, pulled up to Post 6 and shot at two troopers with a Ruger American .30-06 hunting rifle, WSB-TV reports.
“He was saying something to the effect of, ‘You guys are going to have to kill me,’” Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokesperson Sherry Lang told the station.
“A high-power rifle was used by the perpetrator. Would’ve easily penetrated a vest. Fortunately that wasn’t the case,” said Capt. Keith Canup with the Georgia State Patrol.
“He had advanced towards the troopers, who took cover, and then he fired a second shot. One of the troopers started giving commands, telling the man to drop the gun,” Lang said.
One trooper fired a single shot at Marchetta that hit him in the shoulder. So Marchetta, who shot at cops with a high powered rifle, is still alive and suffering from only a shoulder injury.
“It appears that he was intoxicated this morning,” Lang said. “We’re trying to do background information on him, on what occurred recently with him. We’re trying to determine why this incident occurred, why he came here.”
Agents are in the process of getting a search warrant for Marchetta’s home. The trooper who shot him is currently on administrative leave.
Source: Breaking Brown