GBI investigating after deputies shoot, kill Middle Georgia man

Decatur, Thursday June 9, 2022 — GBI Headquarters. For nearly two decades, David Fahey ran The King's Cleft children's ministry with his wife, Kathy Fahey, who died in February. The couple took in dozens of children with severe disabilities or who had been given up by adopted families, formally adopting 15 of them, Fahey said. Amid accusations of physical abuse, though, state authorities have effectively dismantled the ministry. Fahey faces multiple felony charges. (TYSON HORNE / TYSON.HORNE@AJC.COM)

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Decatur, Thursday June 9, 2022 — GBI Headquarters. For nearly two decades, David Fahey ran The King's Cleft children's ministry with his wife, Kathy Fahey, who died in February. The couple took in dozens of children with severe disabilities or who had been given up by adopted families, formally adopting 15 of them, Fahey said. Amid accusations of physical abuse, though, state authorities have effectively dismantled the ministry. Fahey faces multiple felony charges. (TYSON HORNE / TYSON.HORNE@AJC.COM)

State authorities are investigating after they say Middle Georgia deputies shot and killed a suicidal man.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Sunday night shooting, which claimed the life of 44-year-old Warner Robins resident James Parks. Houston County sheriff’s deputies reportedly went to his home on Tharpe Road, about half an hour south of Macon, for a welfare check and found him barricaded inside.

“After numerous attempts to make contact with Parks, he came out of the home holding a gun,” a press release from the GBI said. “Parks chambered a round as he turned towards the deputies and deputies shot him.”

Parks was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

No deputies were injured.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation into the incident before turning its findings over to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for review, officials said.