Sheriff: Man killed by Douglas deputies was possibly trying to help

A father and son were fighting over a gun and it was pointed at a Douglas County deputy, prompting a deputy to fire a shot, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday afternoon.

That shot killed 48-year-old Bobby Daniels, according to investigators. When Daniels dropped the gun, his son picked it up and ran, according to a GBI spokesman. A deputy then fired a single shot at 25-year-old Bias Jamal Daniels, but missed him. Bias hid, but was caught a short time later Monday night at the Arbor Village Mobile Home Park, according to investigators.

Bobby Daniels may have been trying to help deputies by getting the gun away from his son, Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said Tuesday.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to the neighborhood on Midway Road, where a man who said he was a security guard said he had escaped from kidnappers, Miller said.

“He said he had been kidnapped for 45 minutes and held hostage,” Miller told reporters.

Deputies arrived and were approached by Garrett Daniels, who said there was a man with a gun on the next street. There, two vehicles were parked, including a dark SUV where Bias Daniels was holding a gun, the GBI said.

Bias Daniels was told to put the gun down and he did, prompting his father to get out of a white sedan and grab the gun, investigators said.

“As Bobby and Bias continued to fight for the gun, deputies shouted verbal commands to them to put down the weapon,” the GBI said in an emailed statement. “One of the deputies fired his Taser striking Bias.”

Due to the heavy coat Bias was wearing, the Taser didn’t attach to him, Miller said.

“As the fight continued between Bias and Bobby, the handgun was pointed at the deputies, at which point one of the deputies fired, striking and killing Bobby,” the GBI said.

Bobby Daniels died at the scene Monday night. His son was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, obstruction and marijuana possession, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday. The GBI was called in to assist with the investigation because it involved deputies shooting their service weapons.

On Tuesday, the sheriff told Channel 2 Action News that Bobby Daniels may have been trying to help keep the gun away from his son when he was shot.

“I think that he could have been trying to help the situation instead of hurting it, but when he pointed the gun at the officers, he was shot,” Miller told Channel 2.

An autopsy will be conducted by the GBI. The incident remains under investigation, and the GBI will turn over its finding to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

— Staff writers Ben Gray and Mike Morris contributed to this article.

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