Marc Denver Thompson
Photo: Carroll County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Carroll County Sheriff's Office

GBI: Shovel-wielding man fatally shot by Georgia deputy

Hours after a man’s threat to shoot his mother prompted a SWAT incident outside a Carrollton home, the man was shot and killed by a Carroll County deputy at a convenience store. 

Marc Denver Thompson, 26, was fatally shot while threatening a gas station clerk with a shovel, officials said. 

The incident started as a domestic call from a home in the 200 block of Henson Circle, according to the GBI. Carroll County deputies were sent there about 5 p.m. Saturday after Thompson’s mother and brother called and said he had threatened them with a gun. 


The mother and brother had escaped the house and called police from a nearby location, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

When deputies arrived, Thompson’s car was in the driveway and his phone pinged to a point inside the home. 

Because Thompson was known to be armed at the time, a SWAT team was assembled, the sheriff’s office said. When the SWAT team went inside, they discovered Thompson was not there. 

“His cellphone along with several firearms were located inside the residence, however the firearm he used during the domestic (incident) was not located,” the sheriff’s office said. 

The sheriff’s office obtained warrants for Thompson’s arrest and issued a lookout notice for him.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a deputy encountered Thompson at a Circle K convenience store at 1871 North Highway 27, the GBI said. 

The deputy saw Thompson inside the store threatening the clerk with a shovel. The deputy called for backup and went inside, the GBI said. During a confrontation, Thompson hit the deputy in the head with the shovel. 

The deputy then shot at Thompson multiple times, killing him. The deputy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The incident is still under investigation. It’s the 82nd officer-involved shooting investigation the GBI has opened in 2019. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.

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