A man in Georgia was shot and killed late Monday after he pointed a pellet gun at sheriff’s deputies and disobeyed commands to drop the weapon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Authorities told WSB they did not learn what David Willoughby, 33, was pointing at them until after the deadly shooting, which occurred about 11 p.m. near Temple.
GBI spokesman Chris DeMarco told WSB the incident started with a call about a suspicious person with a gun in someone's backyard.
Deputies found Willoughby hiding in a wooded area. He pointed the pellet gun at them, and the deputies ordered Willoughby to drop it, according to the GBI. He refused, prompting deputies to open fire.
"They fired several rounds," DeMarco said.
He was transported to Tanner Medical Center, where he died, DeMarco said.
No officers were injured during the incident.
The GBI is looking into the deadly incident, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases.
“Once completed,” DeMarco said, “the case will be turned over to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review."
In 2017, the GBI investigated 95 officer-involved shootings. So far this year there have been 15 officer-involved shootings