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Accused Georgia State Patrol post shooter is indicted
Marchetta, who father says suffers from PTSD, faces 2 counts of assault
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The Army veteran accused of firing a high-powered hunting rifle at the Georgia State Patrol post in Gainesville last summer was indicted Tuesday by a Hall County grand jury.

Leighton Beaux Marchetta, 21, is accused of firing the rifle while approaching Troopers Stephen Thompson and Jeremy Allison on June 8 at the state patrol post on Cleveland Highway.

Marchetta faces two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to GSP officials, Marchetta allegedly pulled up to Cleveland Highway post around 8 a.m. in a Ford F350 pickup truck.

“He was saying to the troopers, ‘You guys are going to have to kill me,’” former Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said at the time of the incident.

Thompson and Allison reportedly ordered for Marchetta to drop his weapon, but he allegedly did not comply.

Thompson shot Marchetta in the right shoulder, causing him to fall to the ground, GBI officials said.

Marchetta’s father Lee said after the incident his son has sought help for post traumatic stress disorder since his discharge from the Army last year.

“I had no idea that he had taken his hunting rifle with him when he left, nor what he intended to do with it,” Lee Marchetta wrote in a message to The Times. “I cannot help but wonder if he planned to kill himself with it, but could not bring himself to do so.”

An attempt to reach Marchetta’s attorney Andy Maddox for comment was unsuccessful.

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