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Officials identify man shot by Forsyth County deputy
Cumming man in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Authorities assemble at a command post Thursday at Hubbard Town and Hopewell roads in North Forsyth County. A sheriff’s deputy shot an armed man, who was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. - photo by Jim Dean

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the armed man who was shot after confronting a deputy Thursday on Hopewell Road.

According to the sheriff’s office, 46-year-old Jeffery Todd Nielson of Cumming is in stable condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He is expected to survive from his wounds.

Nielson reportedly pointed a “lever-action rifle” at the deputy, who had encountered the distraught man in a parked pickup truck while on routine patrol close to 4 p.m. Thursday west of Ga. 400 near the Dawson County line.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, fired before Nielson could, subduing the suspect.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Robin Regan said the deputy fired several times at the man, who didn’t get a shot off.

Regan said he did not know where or how many times the man was struck.

The deputy wasn’t injured and has been put on paid administrative leave while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducts a probe into the shooting.