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Authorities: Officer shot, killed suspect who exited vehicle with gun in Habersham

A Cleveland man was shot and killed by a Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deputy Sunday morning during a traffic stop stemming from a pair of alleged violent crimes earlier in the day, authorities said. They said the suspect exited his vehicle with a gun before being shot.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Christopher Collins, 24, was the subject of a “be on the lookout” notice for an alleged aggravated assault involving a gun in White County and an alleged attempted carjacking in Toccoa, both earlier Sunday.

A Habersham deputy stopped Collins on Rosewood Drive at its intersection with Ga. 15 about 9:20 a.m. Sunday, the GBI wrote in a Sunday night press release.

“During the stop, Collins failed to comply with the deputy’s repeated commands to show his hands,” according to the release. “Collins then exited the vehicle with a firearm, at which time the deputy fired his duty weapon at Collins, striking him.”

No officers were injured in the incident, the GBI said.

Habersham requested GBI assistance in investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The GBI said it “will continue its independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.”