ARLINGTON, GA (WALB) - The GBI released some new information Tuesday night about a deadly shooting involving an Early County deputy.
The man apparently was not armed, but he did hit the deputy before the officer fired twice. GBI agents say the deputy responded to a 911 call about a man harassing customers at Jerry's Country Meat and Catering on Highway 45 in Arlington just before 1:00 p.m.
In a news release, GBI Special Agent in Charge Kim Baker said the man was in his car in the middle of the road with his hazard lights flashing when the deputy got there. He got out of the car and approached the deputy, ignoring commands to stop.
Baker said the deputy deployed his taser, but that did not stop the man who then struck the officer who then opened fire. The GBI is not naming the deputy or the man he shot.