Officer-involved shooting leaves one man dead

Officer-involved shooting leaves one man dead

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - A man has died after an officer-involved shooting in Douglas, which happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Chief of Police said the shooting was justified.

Neighbors said they're in shock by what they saw today and city officials are saddened by the outcome.

"I was scared, I didn't really know what was going. It's not safe anywhere anymore," said Ilene Robinson, neighbor.

Ilene Robinson is concerned for her safety after seeing her neighbor shot in his front yard on North June Avenue Tuesday afternoon by a Douglas Police Officer. Douglas Police and Coffee County deputies responded to this home after they say a man shot his wife in the hand.

"The caller also advised that the suspect was outside with two weapons, a shotgun and a rifle," said Gary Casteloes, Chief of Police.

Robinson said she then saw the man come out of his home with a shotgun.

"I was looking and then I seen the white man come out the house in the yard with the shotgun up to his neck like this," said Ilene Robinson.

"They confronted the individual, asked him to drop the weapon numerous time," said Chief Casteloes

"I heard the cops saying, put it down, put it down, put it down," said Ilene Robinson.

But the man didn't comply with the officer's command..and instead pointed the shotgun towards them.

" and the next thing I knew, I heard one shot and he fell down to the ground," said Ilene Robinson

" One of the officers did fire one shot at the individual knocking him down to the ground," said Chief Casteloes

The man and his wife were taken to Coffee Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Chief Casteloes said the wife is expected to be okay, but the shooting is affecting his officer.

" He is very distraught and upset obviously that's a lot for an officer to go through," said Chief Casteloes.

" Our thoughts and prayers go out to the both the family members of the individual that was involved and also our police officer who was involved as well," said Mayor James Dennis.

The GBI is investigating the case.

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