Off-duty Georgia deputy shoots and wounds man

March 1, 2020 GMT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy has shot and wounded a man after saying the man shot at him during a foot chase in middle Georgia’s largest city.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office tells local news outlets that the incident began while a deputy was speaking to an employee outside a nightclub in downtown Macon before 2 a.m. Sunday.

The deputy saw a man running around a corner, authorities said. A second man came running around the corner with a gun, firing into the air as he chased the first man.

The deputy began chasing the armed man, who shot at the deputy as they ran toward an alley, witnesses told the sheriff’s office. The deputy shot back and hit the man, who was arrested in the alley. The man was taken to a hospital.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean DeFoe said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting, as is typical in Georgia. DeFoe said the sheriff’s office will conduct its own investigation, with the deputy placed on paid leave for now.