Domestic dispute ends in gunfire in Dallas

Tristan Lee Payne
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DALLAS — A domestic dispute in Paulding County ended in gunfire when officers entered a Dallas home Friday.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that deputies responded at about 8:52 p.m. in reference to a domestic situation involving 22-year-old Travis Payne of Dallas.

Police say Payne was threatening family members. Deputies arrived on scene to find Payne’s family members outside the residence.

According to the GBI, as deputies entered the residence, Payne approached the deputies with a firearm in his hand in a life threatening manner. Deputies gave verbal commands for Payne to drop his weapon. Deputy Geoffrey Morris fired at Payne multiple times, striking him.

Payne was transported to an Atlanta area hospital by air ambulance in critical condition. No officers were injured during this incident.

In the early morning hours of Saturday August 17, Payne was released from the hospital.  A short time later he was booked into the Paulding County Jail on two counts of Aggravated Assault. He is being held with no bond. 

Morris is on standard paid administrative leave while the GBI conducts the investigation into the Deputy involved shooting. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office for review.