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DA receives GBI file in Arlington cop shooting

ARLINGTON -- GBI officials say they have turned over their investigative file into a Nov. 6 officer-involved shooting in Arlington to the district attorney.

Chad Pierce was shot and killed after leading police on chase through Edison and Calhoun County during the early morning hours.

Edison Police Officer James Kopkie was the officer who is believed to have shot Pierce, after police say Pierce crashed into an embankment.

GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Mike Lewis said Friday that his office had turned the file over to District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

Mulholland said Friday that upon receipt of the file, he'll take a close look at the GBI's findings and determine whether the shooting was justified or to take it before the grand jury for an indictment.

"As soon as I get that file, we'll review it and make the proper decision," Mulholland said.

Police initially said that officers had tried to pull Pierce over for a traffic stop when he fled. The chase lasted 20 miles through Edison and Arlington before the crash.

In the days following the shooting, Lewis said that it appeared that Pierce had been shot as he was reaching into his glove box.