CUMMING — The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber at a south Forsyth gas station.
James Matthew Kenny, 50, of Cumming was killed Monday by Forsyth County sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Weeks after he refused to drop his weapon.
The shooting took place at about 1:10 p.m. at a Texaco gas station on Ga. 9 near the Midway community. That was minutes after a nearby Wachovia bank was robbed.
Sheriff Ted Paxton said Kenny got out of the van holding a gun. Weeks fired after the suspect refused to drop it.
Authorities have not said how many times Kenny was shot, where the bullets entered his body or whether he fired on either of the deputies.
Paxton said Kenny’s family suspects he may have had a drug problem.
"Over the years, they tried to help him out," said Paxton, adding that Kenny "just didn’t tell them" about his activities.
Members of Kenny’s family have declined to comment.
Weeks and Deputy Greg Krause, who arrived at the gas station as the shooting occurred, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which Paxton said is standard procedure in such situations.
The sheriff said the deputies will talk with internal affairs and a psychologist about the incident. It hasn’t been determined when either man will return to work.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the shooting probe.
Paxton has said investigators would review footage from video cameras in the patrol car and at the gas station.
Investigators found an undisclosed amount of money and other evidence from the robbery in the van.
Krause, who joined the force in 2008, did not fire his weapon.
The sheriff said Kenny, who was traveling alone Monday, had a criminal history, though he was not sure how extensive.
Kenny used the van for his business, Professional Painting by James Kenny.
No one else was injured at the gas station or bank.
Officials with Wachovia have declined to comment on the investigation.