Whitfield County deputies are at the scene of a shooting Friday.
Photo: Matt Hamilton / Dalton Daily Citizen-News
Photo: Matt Hamilton / Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Man shot, killed by deputy after yelling at cars, trying to draw weapon, GBI says

A man was shot and killed by a deputy in northwest Georgia after he was found in the middle of a road yelling at cars and refusing to comply with the cop’s commands, authorities said.

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls about 4:30 p.m. Friday about a man in the middle of Abutment Road yelling at cars and people, the GBI said in a news release. The sheriff’s office said the incident was near Brookhollow Road.

Deputies responded to the scene, and the man, who has not been identified, wouldn’t listen to the deputies commands to show his hands, the GBI said. The man then allegedly tried to draw a weapon from his waist.

The deputies continued to give him orders, but the man didn’t comply, continuing to grab for a weapon at his waist, the release said. A deputy fired multiple shots, hitting and killing the man. It’s unclear if a weapon was collected from the scene.

No deputies were injured during the incident, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said. 

The GBI was asked to investigate the officer-involved shooting.


It’s the 71st officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate this year, according to spokeswoman Nelly Miles, and the second Friday.

Forsyth County deputies were involved in a shooting Friday morning that killed a stalking suspect after a pursuit near Lake Lanier.

MORE: Stalking suspect dies after being shot by deputy following car chase 

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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