ATHENS, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The Athens Clarke County Police Department is standing behind one of its officer who shot and killed a 63-year-old man.
Police say they responded to Hull Road on April 20 around 11:40 p.m. They released body cam video of the peeping tom call that shows an officer shooting suspect Carlton Brooks twice.
The victim told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor her neighbor was peering at her with binoculars and she dialed 911.
Police officer Ethan Marsden spotted a shotgun and asked the suspect to drop the weapon, but he didn't.
"He's got a gun, put the gun down sir. Put the gun down!", Officer Marsden exclaimed.
When he saw the 63-year-old aim the gun at him, he fired off two shots. Brooks fell a couple of minutes later.
Officer Marsden called an ambulance and rendered aid to the wounded man.
Deputy Chief Jeff Clark remarked at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
"In my opinion and not to interfere with the GBI investigation, but it is my opinion that the shooting was justified," Deputy Chief remarked.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation. A spokesperson says it will be 60 to 90 days before the agency concludes its investigation.