GBI: Police responding to fatal shooting at Toccoa motel kill man with gun

Credit: GBI

Credit: GBI

After a shooting that left one man dead at a motel in the northeast Georgia town of Toccoa, responding police officers shot and killed a second man who refused to drop his handgun, according to the GBI.

Officers were called to the Regency Inn after getting reports of a person shot there Tuesday, the GBI said in a news release. At the motel, they found a man in one of the rooms suffering from a gunshot wound. Police administered first aid to the man, identified by the GBI as 52-year-old Keith Bernard Tooley of Toccoa, but he died at the scene.

After locating Tooley, officers went to a different room in the motel he had previously visited, the GBI said. Police found Chanin Emil Mayfield, 32, of Toccoa, in that room holding a handgun, according to the news release. Officers ordered him to drop the gun and opened fire when he did not follow their commands.

Mayfield was hit by the officers’ gunfire, the GBI said. He died at the scene despite attempts at first aid.

No other details about the incident have been released, and it was not clear if Toccoa police have positively identified Mayfield as a suspect in Tooley’s death.

The Toccoa Police Department has asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting. This is the 65th officer-involved shooting the state agency 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.

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