Suspect killed after authorities say he fought with deputy, stole weapon

WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — The GBI has been called to investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting in Walton County.

The incident happened in the area of Social Circle Fairplay Road.

At a news conference Thursday night, authorities said deputies responded to a 911 call of a man riding an ATV outside of a home. The caller told the 911 operator that the man contacted the homeowner who said someone should have been there to do yard work not ride an ATV.

When deputies arrived at the house, they tried to talk to the man on the ATV but he took off just before. A deputy caught up with him and a fight broke out between the two near the house.


GBI spokesperson Nellie Myles said preliminary information suggests the suspect overpowered the deputy and the deputy discharged his gun, firing once.

The suspect took off with the deputy's gun and ran off into the woods.

Several agencies assisted in a search to find him.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter spotted the man with a weapon and authorities said that's when seven officers (six from the Walton County Sheriff's Office and one Social Circle Police officer) fired shots, killing him.

The identity of the suspect has not been revealed at this time.