Deputy shoots, kills armed man in Forsyth County home

The GBI is investigating a deadly shooting in Forsyth County involving a sheriff’s deputy, the third investigation of its kind the agency opened over the span of six hours Tuesday.


A man was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy inside his home on Carbonne Court near Cumming, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release Wednesday. Three sheriff’s deputies had responded to a reported domestic disturbance between the man and his wife. The GBI identified the man as Charles Spillers, 65, of Cumming. The wife’s name was not released. 

A man was shot by a Forsyth County sheriff's deputy when he displayed a gun, officials said. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News) 

Someone in the home called 911 around 10 p.m., then hung up, spokesman Doug Rainwater told Channel 2 Action News. A dispatcher called back and the woman answered, prompting the deputies to respond to the home. The woman was speaking with the deputies in her kitchen when Spillers allegedly displayed a gun.

“An officer fired at Spillers, striking him multiple times,” Miles said. “As a result of his injuries, he died at the scene.”

An autopsy will be performed by the GBI, Miles said. 

According to Channel 2, Spillers is an attorney and was arrested in 2009 on two counts of obstruction of officers and two counts of battery in a domestic violence incident. 

The shooting occurred just hours after two others involving a Georgia police officer or sheriff’s deputy. 

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Tuesday’s incidents raised the number of officer-involved shooting investigations in Georgia this year from 44 to 47.

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There were 97 such investigations in 2017. 

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