Man dies after being shot by Newton deputies

Man dies after being shot by Newton deputies

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Freddie Blue, 20, died following a Friday night deputy-involved shooting in Newton County. BEN GRAY / BEN.GRAY@AJC.COM

One of the men shot by Newton County sheriff’s deputies during a Friday night traffic stop in Covington has died, a GBI spokeswoman said Sunday.

Freddie Blue, 20, was one of four men in a car involved in a confrontation with police off Brownbridge Road in the Ellington subdivision, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said in a statement. An address for Blue was not immediately available Sunday afternoon.

“When (deputies) were attempting to get the subjects out of the car,” Lang said, “at least one of the subjects pointed a gun at the deputies. Both deputies fired their weapons.”

Neither of the deputies were injured.

Another man in the car was wounded and has been released from Grady Memorial Hospital, Lang said. Meanwhile, the car’s driver, Deondre Ramey, 18, was arrested and charged with violating probation, she said.

Police had received several complaints about a suspicious vehicle in the area, Lang said, and pulled the car over because it fit the description.

The incident is one of three Atlanta-area police-involved deaths this weekend.

DeKalb County police officer Chester Lamb, 43, was shot five times Sunday morning before returning fire and killing his assailant at a Stone Mountain apartment complex. Lamb was in serious but stable condition Sunday. The assailant was identified as Frederick Farmer, who was in his 20s, Lang said.

In Gwinnett County, George Mann, 53, of Stone Mountain became unresponsive and died after police stunned him with a Taser, Lang said. Mann’s neighbor had to called 911 to report Mann was locked in the neighbor’s garage, “was irate and possibly armed.”

The GBI investigates shootings by police officers from most of the state’s local law enforcement agencies.

“A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine what occurred” in the Newton County case, Lang said, “and when the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the (district attorney) for any action she deems appropriate.”

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