The suspect reached for a gun as the deputy approached him, Baker said in a statement. The officer responded by shooting the suspect, critically injuring him, according to the GBI.
The GBI will conduct its independent investigation, and upon completion the case will be given to the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.
It is the 72nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked 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.