Sheriff confirms deputy-involved shooting in Lowndes Co.

Sheriff confirms deputy-involved shooting in Lowndes Co.

LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The name of the deputy and shooting victim involved in Friday's officer involved shooting in Lowndes County were released Saturday morning.

Just before 11:30 a.m., The Sheriff's Office said the deputy's name is SSgt. Charles Mceady. He has been with the sheriff's office for 21 years and is assigned to the uniform patrol division.

The GBI confirmed to WALB just before noon that the victim is 52 year-old Thomas G. Joslyn. The Lowndes County Sheriff's office said Joslyn was still at SGMC as of Saturday morning, but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

About 11 a.m. Friday, SSgt. Mceady was called out to 4412 Cranston Circle for a report of someone armed with a gun threatening to commit suicide.

WALB was on scene by about 12:30 p.m. A sheriff's office official told WALB that Mceady arrived on scene and located Joslyn. At some point after that, for some reason, Mceady determined it was necessary to use force and fired multiple shots at Joslyn.

Joslyn was hit at least once and was taken to South Georgia Medical Center by ambulance and was in surgery as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to Special Agent Steve Turner with the GBI office in Thomasville.

The GBI was investigating the incident, which is standard procedure any time the sheriff's office has an officer involved shooting.

It was still not clear Saturday morning exactly what caused SSgt. Mceady to fire his weapon.

Per the sheriff's office's policy regarding officer involved shootings, SSgt. Mceady will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

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