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Hall deputy shoots, injures threatening assailant
Man wielding machete made 'aggressive movement' toward deputies
Justin Matthew Bennett
Justin Matthew Bennett

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and injured a man who approached deputies early Sunday wielding "a large weapon thought to be a sword or machete."

The incident took place near a home on Grant Street near Ga. 13/Atlanta Highway and across from the Chicopee Mill Village community.

Deputies responded at 7:10 a.m. to an assault call in the 2000 block of nearby Sailors Avenue.

A 27-year-old man armed with a weapon had injured three victims, authorities said.

When confronted by officers, the man ran to a home in the 2100 block of Grant Street.

The man did not obey deputies’ orders to lay down his weapon.

"The suspect made an aggressive movement toward deputies, and a deputy was forced to fire," states a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.

The man, who has an injury that is not life-threatening, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where he was treated, then released into sheriff’s custody.

The office is withholding the suspect’s name "pending additional investigation," according to the release.

Initial charges against the assailant include four counts of aggravated assault on peace officers and one count of felony obstruction.

The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Following protocol in any officer-related shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Also, as is customary, the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the GBI’s investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

The officer’s name also is being withheld pending the probe, said Sgt. Mark Mitchell, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Sherry Lang, GBI spokeswoman, confirmed Sunday the agency had been requested to investigate the shooting. When the probe is finished, findings will be turned over the Hall-Dawson District Attorney’s Office, she said.

"That is all we are saying right now," Lang said.

The three victims — one of whom was physically attacked but not with the weapon — suffered injuries that also weren’t life-threatening, Mitchell said.

"The extent of the relationship between the suspect and victims is not known at this time," he said.