District attorney finds Carroll County deputy justified in deadly shooting

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The Coweta County District Attorney found that a Carroll County deputy was justified in shooting and killing a suspect last April.

Deputies responded to a 911 call before 10:30 a.m. on April 14, 2018. Investigators said 32-year-old Jessie Thedford was in a dispute with his would-be landlord.

Thedford, who investigator said was being uncooperative, was cuffed and put in the back of a patrol car. When deputies arrested and searched him, they found what they believe to be methamphetamines.

Investigators said he was able to put his hands to the front of his body, slide through the patrician, and take control of the car driving it towards deputies and his landlord.

"Thedford did not comply to those verbal commands to stop. One deputy did fire his service weapon into the patrol vehicle. Thedford was struck, transferred to a local hospital – it's called Tanner Medical Center – and he later died there," said Nelly Miles with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shortly after the incident.

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