• Woman furious after Cherokee deputy fatally shoots fiance


    CANTON, Ga. - Cherokee County deputies tracked down a man wanted in a double murder and fatally shot him Friday morning.

    The man's fiancee said she is furious about what happened.

    The shooting occurred outside a home on Swan Lane in Canton around 1:30 a.m., deputies said. They said Anthony Lee Payne was wanted in a double murder out of Union County, where a family member found his father and stepmother dead.

    Cherokee County Sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation asked for help finding Payne, providing his description and a vehicle description. Around 10:30 p.m., deputies stopped the car. Payne wasn’t inside, but deputies received information that led them to the Canton home, Baker said.

    “We had deputies stationed in the area. At approximately 1:30, they made contact with that suspect outside the home, near a vehicle,” Baker said. “The suspect displayed a firearm. He failed to comply with the deputies' commands. Shots were fired, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”

    Channel 2's Linda Stouffer spoke with Payne's fiancee, who said she's outraged by the shooting. She said it happened in the driveway, right by the edge of the carport.

    "The (police) surrounded him. They shot him right over there at my brother's car and his blood was still there. His 10-year-old daughter had to clean it up and that's bad," said Consuela Earwood.

    Baker said the deputy who shot Payne was unharmed, and there was no one else at the home.

    Stouffer is checking with the GBI to get more information about Payne's past and how he's allegedly linked to his relatives' murder in Union County.


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