GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Auburn

- A domestic disturbance turned into a shootout Sunday afternoon when two Auburn police officers responded to a 911 call for help.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the two officers responded to a home on Wages Road just after 4 p.m.  The first officer, Billy Willis, spoke to a woman at the home who said the male suspect had run into the nearby woods.

Sgt. Jeff Scott went into the trees to search for the man and that is when he encountered Stephen Frank Nichols, 46.  GBI investigators said Nichols claimed he was not the man involved.

"While the two were talking, Nichols produced a .38 revolver, pointed it at the officer and opened fire on the officer," said GBI Special Agent in Charge Mike Ayers.

Sgt. Scott was unharmed and returned fire, striking Nichols more than once.  Paramedics transported Nichols to Gwinnett Medical Center where he was in serious condition.

Investigators are not sure what Nichols's relationship may be with the female victim.

Crime scene units from both the Athens and Atlanta GBI offices remained on scene Sunday evening.  Once the GBI concludes their investigation of the shooting, they will turn the evidence over to Barrow County District Attorney Brad Smith.

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