Man fatally shot by police serving warrant at Paulding Co. home

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HIRAM, Ga. - Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Paulding County.

The incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. in the 3800 block of Nebo Road, southwest of Hiram.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News agents from the multijurisdictional drug task force were trying to serve a warrant at a home there.

Police said when agents made their way inside the home they were met by a man with a weapon.

Investigators said they agents opened fire on the man at that point.  

"When they made contact with the 60-year-old male resident he brandished some type of weapon. Agents opened fire and struck him unknown amount of times. The individual was life-flighted to an Atlanta area hospital in critical condition," said Cpl. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Family members told Channel 2's Eric Philips the man later died at the hospital from his injuries.

They identified the man as Danny Hammett, 60.

Hammett's son told Philips their father was arthritic and unarmed.

"They killed him. They killed an innocent man and that's all there is to say to it," Clyde Hammett said.

Danny Hammett's family insists he did not have a weapon, and there was nothing in his hand or next to him after he fell on the floor.

"They say he was armed. They can search all they want, there's no guns in that house," Clyde Hammett said.

The family also said police will not find drugs in the home.

Earlier in the day, Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer asked investigators what brought the agents to the home.

“Right now we don't know. We're waiting on an additional search warrant,” Henson said.

“What were the agents looking for?” Stouffer asked.

“They were there looking for narcotics. I'm not sure what type of narcotics, but it was a narcotic search warrant,” Henson said.

Investigators said no agents were injured in the incident.

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