A man was killed by an Athens-Clarke County officer after authorities said he brandished a shotgun at police while they were trying to talk to him.
Carlton Steve Brooks, 63, was shot and killed after he answered his door with a shotgun in his hands, authorities said. Athens police called the GBI to investigate the incident.
Athens-Clarke police said the fatal police shooting happened about 11:40 p.m. Saturday. Officers were sent to a home on Hull Road on a “peeping Tom” call, the department said in statement.
When officers knocked on Brooks’ door and announced themselves, they saw someone inside with a gun. They backed away and told him to put the gun down. Then Brooks opened the door and pointed the shotgun at one of the officers, who fired twice, according to the GBI.
Officers spoke to the victim, who identified a suspect, the department said. The officers went to the suspect’s home, which was also on Hull Road, police said.
Police: Peeping Tom suspect with shotgun killed by cop in Georgia
According to the GBI, officers knocked on the Brooks’ door and announced themselves. Before answering the door, one of the officers saw a man inside with a weapon, the GBI said. The officers moved back from the door and gave repeated commands to put down the weapon.
“Brooks pointed the weapon towards one of the officers, who then fired twice,” the GBI said. According to the police department, officers administered first aid to the man, and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No officers were harmed in the shooting.
The department said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave with pay in “accordance with department policy.”
This is the 29th officer-involved shooting investigation that the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2019. The last such investigation was opened April 15, when a police chase that started in Alabama ended near Fort Benning.
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The suspect brandished a shotgun at the officers. One officer, fearing for their life, fired their weapon, ACCPD Public Information Officer Geoffrey Gilland said in a press release about the incident.
ATHENS, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead in Athens-Clarke County Saturday night.
Georgia is an open-carry state and ACCPD officers are equipped with body cameras. The department did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting additional comment.
According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, officers were called to a home on Hull Road with reports of a Peeping Tom.
When officers got to the location, a victim identified the suspect as a man who lived at a nearby home on the 1200 block of Hull Road.
The officers went to the suspect's home. That's when police say the suspect pulled out a shotgun, which led one officer to fire their weapon.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while investigators examine in the incident.