“Deputies gave verbal commands for Parks to drop his weapons, but he did not comply,” Rich said.
At that point, a deputy used a Taser. Then, a brief struggle ensued when the Taser proved to be ineffective, authorities said.
The GBI is investigating after a man injured in a shootout with a Pike County sheriff’s deputy died. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
“Parks reportedly raised his shotgun toward the other deputy and fired,” Rich said.
The shot missed the deputy.
“Simultaneously, the deputy fired his service weapon, striking Parks twice,” Rich said.
Parks was taken to Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, where he later died.
An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.
No other injuries were reported in this incident.
The GBI is looking into the deadly incident, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases.
In 2017, the GBI investigated 95 officer-involved shootings. So far this year there have been 19 officer-involved shootings, Rich said.
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