Man shot by Forsyth County deputy expected to make full recovery



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man wounded in a deputy-involved shooting.

Deputies say 46-year-old Jeffery Todd Nielson of Cumming was shot Thursday by a deputy on patrol.

It happened shortly before 5 p.m. on Hopewell Road near Hubbard Town Road.
Investigators said the deputy came up on a dark-colored pickup truck sitting in the cul de sac of a subdivision under construction.

Maj. Rick Doyle from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy noticed the man in the truck had a long rifle with him.  As the deputy exited his car to investigate, the man got out of the truck and pointed the rifle at the deputy and cocked it back.  That's when the deputy opened fire on the man.

Nielson was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Gainesville to be treated for his injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Doyle said Nielson had some mental issues and was probably there to commit suicide.

The deputy has been placed in administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looks into the case, which is routine.

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