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GBI probing deadly officer-involved shooting in Commerce
Police responded to domestic situation involving out-of-state visitors
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COMMERCE — A 25-year-old man visiting family in Commerce is dead after a police-involved shooting Thursday at his father’s Ashford Lane residence.

The Commerce Police Department was dispatched to a 12:14 a.m. domestic call in which a man was reportedly beating his wife.

Arriving at the residence, officers David Jackels and Kimberly McCulloch-Grant and Sgt. Kay Denton were invited into the home by Brian Noel, who asked police to detain his son.

Joseph Noel was hiding in the attic and refused to comply with police instructions and held up an object that police believed was a firearm, authorities said.

Noel reportedly charged the officers, who deployed a taser and fired shots that struck the man in the leg, according to authorities.

Noel was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

The Athens regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was contacted just after 1 a.m. by Commerce Police Chief Brandon Sellers, who requested agents investigate the shooting.

Sellers said the deceased man was from out of state and was visiting family in the nice neighborhood where the incident occurred.

“But a domestic situation can really happen anywhere,” said Sellers, who indicated there were contributing factors but declined to elaborate because of the GBI’s ongoing investigation.

“It’s a sad situation,” said Sellers, who noted the family had attempted to mediate the situation before contacting police.

The chief said his three officers will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

“We will be respectful of the investigative process and will make it through this process,” Sellers said.

Once the GBI wraps up its initial investigation and the office of District Attorney Brad Smith has a chance to examine the GBI’s report, the police department will evaluate the officers’ administrative status.

Noel’s body was transported to the GBI’s Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be conducted.

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