CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - Police dash camera video shows a deputy-involved shooting in Carroll County.
Deputy Tyler North, 26, was on patrol just after 3 a.m. Monday when he approached a car sitting in a Dollar General parking lot along Highway 166.
Investigators said Joshua Mapson, 22, was asleep inside.
"He seemed very startled. He woke up. He reached for a set of car keys. He (North) thought the gentleman may have been going to roll down the window as he put the ignition on," attorney Mac Pilgrim said.
Pilgrim said his client identified himself as a deputy when he went up to the car. Dash camera video shows the driver backing up and trying to drive off.
"He (North) felt as if his life was threatened," Pilgrim said. "His vehicle is a 2,000 pound weapon."
North fired approximately seven rounds, hitting Mapson in the hand, according to authorities.
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Mapson was treated at the hospital and then taken to jail, where he was charged with reckless conduct and loitering. He told police he was working on a nearby movie set.
Channel 2's Liz Artz tried to contact Mapson, but no one answered the door at his last known address.
North is on standard paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a GBI investigation.
Artz learned North was also the subject of a previous GBI investigation. The GBI said North shot a burglary suspect at a convenience store in February. Authorities said the suspect attacked North and tried to take his weapon.
"He confronted the burglar, who was armed. He was able to detain him. He fired one shot. The suspect was not killed. He was injured," Pilgrim said.
Pilgrim said North was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.
The deputy was been with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for 3 and 1/2 years. Pilgrim said the deputy is just doing his job.
"Deputy North is a good police officer. He does good work. He goes places and does things others might not, but he does it for what's best for this county," Pilgrim said.
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