GBI: Man shot by officer on Silver Comet Trail didn’t have a real gun

A man was shot by a Dallas police officer Wednesday on the Silver Comet Trail. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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A man was shot by a Dallas police officer Wednesday on the Silver Comet Trail. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The man who was shot Wednesday on the Silver Comet Trail by a Dallas police officer was not holding an actual firearm, the GBI said Thursday.

About 2 p.m., the Dallas Police Department and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at the trail’s Rambo Trailhead and saw Daron Holcombe with a rifle, the GBI said.

“During their contact with Holcombe,” the GBI said, “officers reported he pointed the rifle at them.”

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Daron Holcombe (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Daron Holcombe (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Daron Holcombe (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Dallas police Officer Phillip Burkett fired his service weapon at Holcombe, striking him.

“After the shooting,” the GBI said, “Holcombe’s weapon was found to be a replica air rifle with scope.”

Holcombe, 26, of Rockmart, is in critical condition at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, officials said.

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Police said the suspect had a rifle along the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County.