Trooper shoots, kills man in Newton County

A Georgia State Patrol trooper shot and killed a man after a foot chase Wednesday afternoon in Newton County.

The man, Timothy Steven Morris, threatened to kill the deputy during a traffic stop for speeding around 3:15 p.m., GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said.

Instead of stopping, the vehicle pulled into a drive of Gum Creek Trail and Morris, 33, ran into a heavily wooded area, Wright said. The trooper chased Morris into the woods.

When the trooper cornered Morris, he threatened to kill the trooper and said he had a gun, while having his hands in his pockets, Wright said. The trooper fired two shots when Morris made a sudden move with his hands.

Morris was taken to Newton Medical Center where he died around 4:30, Wright said. Investigators found knives on him at the hospital.

Morris, of Oxford, had an extensive criminal history, as well as several active warrants in Newton, Morgan and Walton counties, Wright said.

The GBI is assisting with the investigation into the incident.

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