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Deputy: Man shot, killed in Habersham incident had ‘erratic’ behavior earlier Sunday in White County

A Cleveland man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop in Habersham County Sunday morning displayed “erratic” behavior in an earlier incident in White County, according to White County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bob Ingram.

An incident report provided by the White County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday said sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on Cantrell Road that occurred just after 7 a.m. Sunday in which Christopher L. Collins allegedly pointed a gun at a man.

The report stated that the victim in White County case knew Collins and allowed him to stay in his home Saturday night.

“He pointed it in his direction,” Ingram said of the gun incident Sunday morning. Collins left  the scene on Cantrell Road, taking a gray SUV owned by his parents, according to the report.

“It was his parents’ vehicle; he had driven it before,” Ingram said.

Collins, 24, was shot and killed a little more than two hours later by a Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop for a pair of alleged violent crimes that morning, including the White County incident. Authorities said Collins exited his vehicle with a gun before being shot.

The report stated White County was investigating the incident at the time as an aggravated assault case, which Ingram said was because Collins allegedly pointed the gun at the man.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Collins was the subject of a “be on the lookout” notice for the incident in White County and an alleged attempted carjacking in Toccoa, both on 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.”