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GBI wraps up report in fatal shooting
Deputies remain on leave after July incident at Harbour Point
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A state-led investigation is complete into the actions of two Hall County deputies who shot and killed John Pearce after he stabbed his mother to death and inflicted critical stab wounds on his aunt.

Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said he plans to issue a final opinion on the investigation into the July 11 shooting sometime next week.

Darragh said he spent a couple of hours with Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials Friday morning. Investigators gave him an oral presentation of their findings in the meeting.

Darragh made no official comment on the findings Friday, and said he would issue a final opinion by the end of next week after he conducted a thorough review of the GBI report.

"It would be appropriate for me to examine all of the material thoroughly before I issue a final opinion," he said Friday.

According to information provided by the Hall County Sheriff's Office, deputies Charles F. Greenwell and Rainey N. Wood shot Pearce in a confrontation in the Harbour Point Yacht Club subdivision.

The deputies were responding to a call that Pearce had stabbed and shot his mother, Mary Pearce, in the home they shared. He also stabbed his aunt, Gretchan Pearce, before she fled to a neighbor's home. She still is recovering from her injuries.

Neighbors called 911. When deputies arrived, they found Pearce in a cul-de-sac of the neighborhood near his home, naked and covered in blood. During the confrontation, Pearce was shot and killed.

The deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the GBI investigation, which is standard procedure in all officer-related shootings.

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