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GBI: Gun was pointed at Newton deputies before they shot 2 men

“At least one” handgun was pointed at Newton County deputies during the Friday night traffic stop that left two suspects wounded, officials said Saturday.

The incident began as a traffic stop in the Village at Ellington subdivision near Covington. The deputies who initiated the stop believed that the suspect vehicle was connected to “another crime,” authorities said.

Sherry Lang, spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, said Saturday that four black males were inside the car. The deputies were also black.

“When (deputies) were attempting to get the subjects out of the car,” Lang said, “at least one of the subjects pointed a gun at the deputies. Both deputies fired their weapons and two subjects were injured.”

The injured men were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Lang said. Their conditions were unclear Saturday.

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The deputies were not injured, Lang said.

No further information was immediately available.

“A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine what occurred,” Lang said, “and when the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the (district attorney) for any action she deems appropriate.”

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