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GBI: Georgia deputy kills man over attack with rocks

May 11, 2020 GMT

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — A southeast Georgia sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who threw rocks at him, state officials said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it’s examining the Saturday shooting of 47-year-old Yassin Mohamed near Claxton.

Deputies were called just after midnight Saturday morning about a man walking in the middle of a road. An Evans County sheriff’s deputy arrived to find Mohamed there. GBI says deputies “had several encounters with Mohamed over the previous 12 hours.”

When the deputy tried to speak to Mohamed, investigators say Mohamed began throwing rocks, hitting the deputy once. Mohamed then charged the deputy with a larger rock, GBI says, and the unnamed deputy shot Mohamed. He died before he could be taken to a hospital.

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Mohamed’s body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler for autopsy.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

The investigation will be turned over to the district attorney for review once completed. The prosecutor will then decide whether to file charges. It’s the 38th officer-involved shooting that GBI has been asked to investigate so far this year.