A Fulton County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man who allegedly broke into his Atlanta home Saturday night.
The deputy‘s identity has not been released, but authorities say he was returning home from his shift a little before midnight when he was alerted by a security camera notification showing a man breaking into his home located on Springside Drive, according to the GBI, which is the agency investigating the shooting at the request of the Atlanta Police Department.
The officer was in his personal vehicle — but was still wearing his uniform and equipment — when he began following the man after seeing him walking away from his property.
The man was carrying tools and other items that were later confirmed to be the deputy’s items taken from his home, according to a GBI news release.
The deputy then followed the suspect down a gravel road until he went into the woods, the GBI said. The deputy then got out of his car and found the man in the woods where they “had an altercation,” which resulted in the deputy shooting the man.
When Atlanta police Arrived at the scene, they found the deputy performing CPR on the man, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The deputy did suffer a minor injury to his ankle.
The alleged intruder was taken transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died, according to the GBI.
His identity has not been released, pending family notification.
Once the GBI concludes the investigation, the case will be handed over to the Fulton County district attorney to see if any charges are appropriate.
Saturday’s incident marks Georgia’s sixth officer-involved shooting that has led to a GBI investigation already this year, and it’s the third resulting in a fatality.