GBI investigating fatal deputy-involved shooting in Spalding Co.

A Spalding County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man at a home in Griffin on Thursday night./ Carlos Stephens (WGXA)  

GRIFFIN, Ga.-- A man is dead after being fatally shot by a Spalding County Sheriff's deputy Thursday night.

According to Spalding county Sheriff Darrell Dix , two deputies were dispatched just before 9 p.m. to a home located at 26 Collier Ln. Deputies were called to conduct a well-fair check after a third party reported that a man at the home was in emotional distress.

Sheriff Dix said one of the deputies walked up to the home through the back yard and as soon as he got close to the back porch, Guy Scott, 48, came out of the house with a gun in his hand and pointed it up at the deputy, forcing the deputy to fire two shots, both of which hit Scott. Scott died on the scene from his injuries.

Dix said prior to the shooting, Scott didn't make any remarks but just came out of the house with the gun in his hand. Adding that the encounter happened so fast, the deputy had no time to give any commands to deescalate the situation as Scott and the deputy were standing just a few feet away from each other.

The shooting was recorded on body camera equipment worn by both deputies who responded to the call.

The video has been reviewed and the case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for a full review of the case. Dix said that based on the body camera footage, the deputy was forced to shoot based on Scott's actions.

Sheriff Dix described the deputy as very young and said he has only been on the road since March of 2017, followed by a twelve week field training program and has been independently responding to calls for a few weeks. The deputy was not injured in the shooting.

Scott lived at the home with his elderly parents who were in bed asleep during the incident and unaware as to what initially happened. Scott was also a former Spalding County employee who worked for the county from 1991-2000.

It's unclear if deputies had responded to Scott's home in the past for similar calls of emotional distress. Sheriff Dix said GBI investigators will review 911 call audio and radio traffic leading up to the deadly shooting on Thursday evening.

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