It turns out the boy is hearing- and speaking-impaired.
From the article and Sheriff interview:
Sandi Ross, Plemmons’ mother, said her son suffered five gunshot wounds — two in the chest below the collarbone, one in the abdomen, leg and elbow. Plemmons, of Blue Ridge, Ga., is in stable condition at the Mission Hospital ICU. Ross said he had surgery to remove part of his small intestine, and doctors inserted a rod into his left leg.
“The boy should not have been shot five times,” Ross said. “It’s on his driver’s license that he’s deaf. He was holding his hands in the air, telling them not to shoot.
"Then they yanked him out of the truck and threw him on the ground. I just don’t see no justice.”
Ross said her son was likely lost. Plemmons told his family the truck was running out of gas.
He was scared and confused and tried to put the truck in park when the officers pulled him over the second time, Ross said.
Plemmons has been charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and faces a pending charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, Duncan said.