VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - A deputy in the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a shooting incident just before noon Friday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been asked to launch an investigation into the incident.
In a press release, the GBI said, upon arrival, the man resisted the deputies and was armed with a butcher knife. Agents said the man became combative and deputies deployed a taser on him, which was ineffective.
At some point during the incident, agents said the man lunged towards the deputies with the knife. One of the deputies fired his service weapon, hitting the man.
The man was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Austin Fiveash, Lowndes County coroner. The man’s identity has not been released at this time.
He is being taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur for an autopsy.
Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said one of his deputies was threatened at The Gables Apartment Complex on St. Augustine Road.
The GBI said deputies were attempting to serve a court pickup order when the incident happened. The GBI also said no deputies were injured.
Neighbors in the area told WALB they would frequently see the victim walking his dog.
One neighbor said he wanted to better his life and was helping him get his GED.
She told WALB she was shocked when she found out.
”I was at work, I work at a daycare. When I took a lunch break my neighbor called me crying hysterically and said ‘the police just killed your friend.’ And I was like ‘what, who.’ The guy in the back that be walking his dog,” said Danisha Owens.
Owens said she wants to find his dog, who other neighbors said ran away.
This is the 15th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2021.