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Authorities: Gainesville man shoots self after deputies attempt to serve warrant
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The road is blocked by crime-scene tape Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, near the scene of a shooting on Blueberry Hills Drive. Authorities said a man shot himself after sheriff's deputies attempted to serve outstanding warrants on him. - photo by Jeff Gill

A Gainesville man was transported in critical condition to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after authorities said he shot himself while fleeing from sheriff’s deputies attempting to serve a warrant Monday, Feb. 25.

The hospital did not have information on his condition Tuesday, but GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Tuesday the man was still in the hospital.

Deputies were attempting to serve warrants at a residence in the 5200 block of Blueberry Hills Drive, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said. The subject of the warrant, Bartly Gene Thomas, 38, of Gainesville, was wanted on charges of first-degree burglary, stalking and assault, Booth said.

Thomas was not at the residence, but deputies spotted him traveling on foot and deployed a K-9 unit to track him.

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Law enforcement shut down an area in the 5200 block of Blueberry Hills Drive Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, following reports of gunfire. - photo by Scott Rogers

“At one point, he pulled a gun out and … shot himself,” Booth said.

No other shots were fired, and no one else was injured.

The GBI is investigating. Authorities did not release any further details regarding the case.

Times staff member Nick Watson contributed.

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