Sheriff: Woman wielding knife, blow torch shot and killed by deputies

A woman was shot and killed by deputies in Oconee County after they say she charged at them with a knife.

According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called just after 10:15 a.m. Monday to a home on Creekview Court off White Oak Drive.

Deputies called for help when they encountered the woman, identified as 40-year-old Athens resident Julia Moss, who they say was armed with a knife and a blow torch.

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According to the GBI, deputies attempted to resolve the situation and get her to put the weapon down for around 17 minutes. At that point, officials say Moss made a threat and charged at one of the deputies while holding the knife, causing a deputy to shoot at her multiple times.

Deputies attempted CPR, but the Moss was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation of the shooting has been turned over to the GBI.

No deputies were injured.  

A man who officials had been barricaded inside the home and had been hiding from Moss for several hours also received minor injuries. 

Moss's body will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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