This is the 53rd officer-involved shooting investigation the GBI has opened this year.

Man shot, killed by probation officer after punching him ‘without warning,’ GBI says

A man is accused of attacking and punching a probation officer in South Georgia before being shot and killed, authorities said.

About 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a Georgia Department of Community Supervision probation officer was in a Glennville pawn shop waiting for another officer to arrive, the GBI said in a news release. A man came in and allegedly began to punch the officer “without warning or reason.”

The man, identified as 39-year-old Riley Eugene Peay of Glennville, spat on the officer during the incident, the release said. The officer was able to free himself briefly before pulling out his gun and warning Peay to stop.

Peay allegedly continued to attack the officer, which is when the officer shot him in the shoulder. That didn’t stop Peay, forcing the officer to fire a second round of shots, killing him, the release said.

The officer’s face was injured from some of the punches but he will be OK, the release said.

The GBI was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting, which is the 53rd such investigation the agency started this year.

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Glennville is in Tattnall County, about 65 miles southwest of Savannah and 220 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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