Cops: Man shot, killed by off-duty Fulton deputy outside restaurant had assault rifle

An off-duty Fulton County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 46-year-old man outside a southwest Atlanta restaurant Friday morning, GBI officials said at a news conference. 

About 4:50 a.m., three off-duty deputies working at the Ivory Restaurant in the 500 block of Whitehall Street were involved in an altercation inside the establishment, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. 

 
The deputy-involved shooting occured early Friday in southwest Atlanta. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“During the encounter, a Taser was deployed on the subject,” Miles said. “He was released and left the restaurant.”

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Soon after, Norris Duffy was seen outside next to his SUV pulling out an assault rifle, the GBI said.

One of the off-duty deputies fired shots that struck Duffy, Miles said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. 

A GBI agent speaks with the shooting victim's family members. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“There is no indication that the victim fired shots,” Miles said. It is not known if the man pointed the weapon at officers or someone else. 

According to Duffy’s brother, the deputy shot the man in the head and continued firing several more times, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

Authorities are investigating what led to the argument. It is not clear if the shooting was caught on surveillance video. 

No officers were injured.

The GBI has been called to investigate the deputy-invovled shooting. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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