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GBI says man shot by Bibb Deputy reached for a gun

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MACON, Ga. (WGXA) -- According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a Bibb County Deputy shot a man after he attempted to grab a gun.

The shooting happened at Tindall apartments on Wednesday.

The GBI is conducting an independent investigation following the shooting.

READ: New details emerge in Tindall Fields Apartments deputy-involved shooting

According to preliminary information from the agency, Anthony Donnell Baldwin Jr. reached into the stolen SUV he was driving and grabbed a firearm after a Bibb County Deputy attempted a traffic stop near the Housing Authority Apartment Complex on Felton Avenue at Alabama Street.

Baldwin was shot and taken to the hospital.

Sheriff David Davis said in an interview at the scene, "We want to make sure when they did use that force, they were warranted in doing that."

In a release by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, investigators said they followed 30-year-old Baldwin Jr. in an unmarked vehicle, without lights or sirens on.

Investigators said they were attempting to locate a person wanted in connection to a November 14, 2022, homicide case. The victim, in that case, was identified as Claudette Brown.

The GBI said a young child was in the SUV but he or she was not injured.

MORE: 'He had his kid in the car with him when they shot him': Witness watched deputy fire gun

No deputies were injured in the shooting.

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According to Sheriff Davis, his office will also be conducting an internal investigation to determine whether protocol was followed.

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