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Suspect shot, killed after standoff in northeast Forsyth County
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office deputies talk near the press staging area Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, following a dispute on Grand Prix Street that ended with a suspect being shot by deputies. The suspect was taken to an area hospital. - photo by Jim Dean

What began as a shots fired call in a northeastern Forsyth County neighborhood turned into an armed standoff overnight, ending with one man shot and killed by deputies.  

Cpl. Doug Rainwater, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said the call came in just after 10:30 Wednesday night. 

“911 got a shots fired call referring to two males having a dispute on Grand Prix Street,” Rainwater said. “Once deputies arrived, we were able to put one of the males in custody very quickly.”

Rainwater said the other man, Garrett Finley Mitchell, 31, who was armed, went inside a home on Grand Prix Street and refused to come out.  

“At that point, we surrounded the house and called out our negotiators to try to negotiate this man coming out. ... We also activated our SWAT team.”  

Rainwater said the man came out of the house several times, “holding a handgun and shotgun, but he would very quickly go back inside.” 

After about two hours,  the man came out, still armed, and confronted deputies.

“For whatever reason, he came out, confronted our deputies on the outside of the house, and deputies used force and shot him,” Rainwater said. 

A news release sent Thursday morning stated the man pointed the shotgun toward deputies, at which point, “fearing for their safety and the safety of others, the deputies fired their firearms to stop the threat.”

Four deputies fired at Mitchell, striking him multiple times, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is reviewing the case. According to the GBI, deputies performed first aid on Mitchell, who was then taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

None of the deputies involved were injured, according to Rainwater.  

Rainwater said Thursday evening, they are talking to the other man involved to learn what brought about the gunplay that started the incident. 

Mitchell’s body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, where an autopsy was performed.  

The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.