Police: Officers shoot, kill man beating ex-wife outside dentist's office

Police: Officer shoots, kills man beating ex-wife outside dentist's office

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Hampton.

Hampton police said the shooting happened on Main Street in downtown Hampton around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities told Channel 2's Richard Elliot that police were called to Allred Family Dental Office, where a man was beating his ex-wife in an alley.

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Police said the woman works at the dental office and the man showed up there to confront her.

When officers arrived, the man involved pulled a gun on them, authorities say.

Connie Nutt watched it unfold outside her window.

"Then I heard, all of a sudden, within a matter of seconds, you know, 'Get down on the ground,' 'Drop your weapon,'" Nutt said.


She said she looked out her window and saw the man on the ground still holding his pistol.

"I saw a man lying on the ground right in front of my window with a gun up in the air," she said.

Police said when the man pointed the gun at them, a 10-year veteran Henry County police officer fired one shot, critically wounding the man.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he died. No officers were injured.

Don Franklin, who was down the street when the man was shot, said he knows that man and his ex-wife, and the woman just wanted to be left alone.

"She wants to start a new life, and he doesn't want her to start a new life," he said.

Henry County police said they were aware of a domestic violence history between the man and his ex-wife.