GBI: Suspect killed by deputies serving warrant on child molestation charges

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DeKalb County deputies said they were forced to open fire on the suspect they were attempting to serve a felony warrant on Monday afternoon, killing the 39-year-old man. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the deputy-involved shooting.

It happened at the Norfolk Southern Railroad railyard in the 1500 block of Marietta Road in northwest Atlanta. The GBI said they were asked to investigate the death of Levester Taylor just after 12:30 p.m. Monday.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffery Mann said his deputies were attempting to serve a warrant on the child molestation suspect when Taylor and the deputies got into a fight.

"One investigator was struck in the head several times with a metal object," said Sheriff Mann.

Investigators later said that object was a pipe wrench. That deputy was rushed Grady Memorial Hospital with a head injury.

Sheriff Mann said three of deputies opened fire on Taylor, striking him and eventually killing him.

The GBI said Taylor worked for ITS ConGlobal which is contracted by Norfolk Southern Railway.

The Norfolk Southern Police Department is also investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the GBI said the findings of their investigation will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office once it is complete.