The man pointed the gun at himself before pointing it at police officers, according to the GBI.

GBI: Man shot, killed by police after pointing gun at officers

A man was shot and killed by police in Middle Georgia after authorities said he waved a gun around and pointed it at officers. 

Wallace Dean Staples, 42, was fatally shot in the incident, which happened in Greenville about 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the GBI. 

Multiple 911 calls came from the area of Tobe Harris and Martin streets regarding a shirtless man with a gun, according to GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles. 

One caller said the man stood in her yard and waved the gun around before running toward Martin Street, Miles said. A second caller said the man claimed he was wanted by the police. 

When Greenville police officers arrived at the scene, they saw the man walking in a driveway, Miles said. The man stopped and sat down, pointed the gun at himself and told officers that they would have to shoot him, according to the GBI.

Police told the man to drop the gun, but he did not comply, she said. The man instead pointed the gun at the officers. 

One of the officers fired at Staples, killing him.  

No officers were injured in the shooting. 

The GBI was requested to investigate the incident. The incident is the 40th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been called to investigate this year. 


 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.

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