2 deputies 'grazed' in shootout that killed man accused of deadly shooting

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A SWAT situation prompted by a deadly double shooting near Conyers ended Thursday night with the alleged shooter dead and two deputies grazed by gunfire, authorities said.

Just after 12:45 p.m., deputies responded to a shooting on Green Street between Cross and Hill streets, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said. That area is just outside of the Conyers city limits.

One of the two men found with gunshot wounds died from his injuries, the GBI said. The condition of the other man was not provided.

Authorities tracked a person of interest to a nearby home, which led to a SWAT standoff that lasted into Thursday night. Deputies, Conyers police officers and a SWAT team tried to negotiate with the man, the sheriff’s office said.


Some residents were evacuated from their homes due to the standoff.

About 9 p.m., the GBI was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in the area. It’s unclear what led to the gunfire, but the person of interest was killed and two deputies were grazed by bullets, the agency said in a tweet. The extent of the deputies’ injuries was not released.

No one involved in these incidents has been identified. This is the 74th officer-involved shooting investigation the GBI has opened this year.

This article was written by Zachary Hansen, with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.