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Moultrie man tased before being shot


Authorities have identified the man killed by Police Monday in his Moultrie home as Walter Peterson.

The GBI says Peterson was attempting to stab a police officer when they fired a taser at him.

The GBI says the taser failed to stop Peterson and an officer shot and killed him.

It all began with a disagreement between Peterson and a store clerk at a nearby store.

Authorities say Peterson broke a storefront window and left.

They say when police went to Peterson's home in 100 block of 7th in Moultrie, he pulled a butcher knife.

The GBI tells us officers retreated, called in a SWAT team, and a two hour stand off began.

The GBI says officers attempted to get a cell phone to Peterson for communications.

They say the officers were just inside the back door of the home. 

That's when they say Peterson came at Police with a butcher knife with a six to eight inch blade.

The GBI says a taser was fired at Peterson, but he kept coming at Police with the knife.

Five shots were fired by one police officer and Peterson was killed. 

One officer sustained a head injury.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

The names of the Police officers involved have not been released.

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