JASPER COUNTY, Ga. - A man is dead in Jasper County after deputies said they were forced to return fire on him Monday.
Jasper County Sheriff Donnie Pope said this started around 11:20 a.m. when a woman was walking along Grandview Road. The woman said a man in his 40s was clicking his gun at her, but luckily the gun wasn’t loaded.
Deputies were dispatched to the area. Pope said his deputies heard shots from a home and soon were taking fire. The sheriff said the deputies returned fire, eventually hitting the man.
“It's a tragic enough situation already, anytime that there's loss of life. you never want anything like that to happen. but fortunately, none of our people were injured,” Pope said in a press conference Monday afternoon.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate the deputy-involved shooting.
Confirmed: #GBI at the scene of an officer involved shooting at the request of the Jasper County SO. Officers are ok. 1 male subject deceased.— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) December 4, 2017
Investigators still are no sure why the man was firing.
The name of the man has not yet been released.
No other injuries were reported.