The ex-jail worker pointed his gun at one of the deputies, and that deputy opened fire, the sheriff told Channel 2.
The ex-jail worker was hit at least once and died on the scene.
The GBI, which is investigating the deadly shooting, identified the deputy as Bryan Head and the jail worker as Guy Scott Jr.
Several people were inside the house when the shooting happened, according to the sheriff.
“They were not harmed,” Dix said. “They are fine. They are with relatives right now.”
Collier Lane was temporarily blocked.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in metro Atlanta this week.
An Atlanta police officer shot and injured a man accused of firing at the cop after a carjacking and brief chase Wednesday.
Timothy Hood, 37, faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of hijacking a motor vehicle in connection with the incident, Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said.
The recent shootings brought the total number of officer-involved shootings in the state to 63 so far this year, according to the GBI, which investigates use-of-force cases.
In 2016, officers shot 77 people, killing 24 of them, the agency said.
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