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Man shot as Georgia deputies served warrant faces charges

September 1, 2021 GMT

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A man who was shot and wounded when sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his southeast Georgia home in May is now facing charges, state investigators said Wednesday.

Varshan Brown, 47, was shot and wounded May 4 when Camden County deputies with a drug-related search warrant forced entry into a home in Woodbine at 4:51 a.m. that day, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said. A woman inside the house, Latoya James, 37, was shot and killed.

The GBI is investigating the shooting, which is common practice for shootings by law enforcement officers.

The GBI got an arrest warrant for Brown on May 20, and agents arrested him on Aug. 25, the agency said in a news release Wednesday.

Brown is charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the release says.

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The GBI released body camera video two days after the shooting. It shows deputies announcing themselves at the darkened door of the home and then immediately forcing their way inside.

Multiple gunshots are fired within seconds of the deputies entering the house. The deputy wearing the body camera was carrying a shield that obstructed much of the video. It does not show who opened fire, and neither James nor Brown can be seen in the three-minute clip.

Lawyers for James’ family have said the deputies failed to give the people inside the home enough time to respond before coming through the door.