A deputy shot and killed a man who stabbed him inside the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.
About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the man came to the facility seeking shelter, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
“At least one deputy and one of our radio operators had contact with him, provided him water,” Sgt. Jesse Hambrick said.
Early Wednesday, the man called 911 from a restroom in the lobby and said he had been poisoned.
Deputies went to check on the man about 2 a.m.
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“Once they got into the restroom with him, he became combative and aggressive,” Hambrick said. “At one point, they tried to tase the individual to get him under control.”
That didn’t work, according to the sheriff’s office.
“He produced a knife and stabbed one of our deputies,” Hambrick said. “It was at that time the deputy was forced to discharge his firearm.”
The man died. His name has not been released.
The deputy is getting medical attention, the sheriff’s office said. He is OK.
The GBI is looking into the shooting, which is standard protocol in use-of-force cases.
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