Shirtless man with gun shot by police

GREENVILLE — A man was shot by police Saturday night after two separate calls came in reporting a shirtless man was waving a gun on their property.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that at about 7:18 p.m., a woman at an address on Tobe Harris Street in Greenville called 911 and reported that a shirtless man was in her yard waiving a gun around towards her. The man then took off running towards Martin Street.

A second 911 call was made from a man at an address on Martin Street. The caller reported that a shirtless man with a gun in his hand was leaning up against the caller’s car that was parked in the front yard. The man with the gun reportedly was making comments that he was wanted by the police.

Responding officers located the shirtless man at the Martin Street address.

According to the GBI, upon the officer’s arrival, the man walked down the driveway with the gun in his hand, stopped and sat down. Officers say the man started pointing the gun at himself and made the comment that the officers were going to have to shoot him.

The officers gave the male subject verbal commands to drop the gun, but the GBI says he did not comply with the officers’ commands. Officers say the man then pointed the gun at the officers. One officer fired a single shot at the man, resulting in his death.

The officers were not injured during this incident.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation.  Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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