Lanier Co. man shot in deputy, trooper involved shooting
Major Larry Singletary, Lanier Co. Sheriff's Office
LAKELAND, GA (WALB) -
A Lanier County man remains in the hospital tonight after he was shot by officers over the weekend. Investigators say he was firing his gun while he was drunk, and family members worried about their safety.
42-year-old Tim Blanton remains at Shands Hospital after he was shot by law officers Saturday night near his home on Highway 135. Lanier County deputies were called to the home around 9:00 p.m. - his family reported they were worried Blanton's children could be in danger.
"We responded to a report of an intoxicated man discharging his firearm. That's the initial reason we went there and we requested assistance from a couple area agencies," said Major Larry Singletary, Lanier Co. Sheriff's Office.
Officials say Blanton threatened officers with his gun and a Lanier County Deputy and a GSP trooper both fired shots. GBI agents refuse to release the names of either of those officers.
"I believe we handled it as well as you could possibly handle this situation," said Singletary.
Neighbors who did not want to go on camera were shocked to hear the news. They say Blanton was a Chaplin for Hospice and a friendly man.
Officials say Blanton lives down a dirt road, but the shooting happened just feet away from his home on his brother-in-law's property.
"We hate that it turned out like it did, but we're glad that no one was killed or injured severely in this," said Singletary.
Aggravated assault on a police officer charges are pending against Blanton.
"It was a very regrettable incident and we feel very sorry for the family in this case," said Singletary.
Blanton is expected to survive. No officers were injured during the shooting.