UPDATE: Man killed in deputy-involved shooting in Macon is identified
UPDATE: MACON, Ga. -- A man fatally shot by a Bibb County deputy has been identified.
57-year-old Larry Daniel Matthew was shot Friday afternoon at Houston Avenue and Colquitt Street, according to Lt. Randy Gonzalez.
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MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - A man was fatally shot by a Bibb County deputy Friday afternoon, according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
The shooting took place at Houston Avenue and Colquitt Street.
WGXA has a crew on the scene who reports that it is very active. Authorities have the area taped off from the public.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Public Affairs Deputy Director Nelly Miles said that the bureau is responding to the shooting.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said that Deputy Greg Ussery responded to a shoplifting call at the Family Dollar on Eisenhower Parkway.
"He was answering a call of a shop lifting incident," Davis said. "He was given a description of a potential suspect and he came up on this person who matched that description and then they had the encounter at that point."
Davis said Ussery approached the man and a "physical altercation" began.
According to Agent J.T. Ricketson with the GBI, once the altercation began Ussery deployed a taser on the man, but the victim pulled out the taser's prongs.
He then pepper sprayed the man, but the victim was able to take the pepper spray and deploy it on the deputy.
"We were told the subject got the canister and sprayed the deputy so at that point the deputy is starting to become incapacitated," Ricketson said. "The subject again got into a physical struggle with the deputy, the deputy drew his firearm at that point and fired at least one round."
The man was stuck and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Ricketson also said that after the incident was over, neighbors brought Ussery inside a residence and helped flush the pepper spray out of his eyes until other deputies arrived.
Davis said that at this point, they don't know if the suspect had any other weapons.
District Attorney David Cooke said he wants the public to know there will be a clear and thorough investigation.
"Often times, facts get out there that aren't true and I want to be sure that people have an idea of what happened, that we were going to do a full and complete investigation so we'll know exactly what happened and see if the facts are corroborated," Cooke said.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Ussery has been in law enforcement for 12 years. Ussery was taken to the hospital for treatment for the pepper spray.
This is a breaking news story. More information will be provided when information becomes available.