Brooks then took the weapon and fled deeper into the woods, the release said.
During the search, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter spotted Brooks near a lake shoreline with his weapon brandished, the release said.
Multiple Walton County deputies and one Social Circle police officer then fired at Brooks, who died at the scene, the release said. Channel 2 Action News reported that six Walton County deputies fired shots.
The deputy who was overpowered by Brooks was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries, the release said.
The GBI was called in to investigate after the incident.
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