Fire returning officers go after the South Georgia man shots his deer rifle


A South Georgia man was injured on Wednesday after he released a deer rifle towards five law enforcement officers and returned a fire, the GBI said.

The state agency is investigating the incident, involving Moultrie police officers as well as County Colquitt and sheriffs of Thomas County.

According to GBI, the Moultrie agency was on site on Wednesday and found a man threatening his father and another with a knife in a house in the 1400 block of West Boulevard. The man, who was subsequently identified as Bernard Lynn Patterson, allegedly had 50 years of age, with a deer rifle and told him by the officials several times during the meeting.

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“After an hour of trying to put the gun down, he put at least one round at the officials and they returned fire,” said Mike Callahan, the GBI special agent in charge.

Patterson was shot at least once and sent to a hospital in Tallahassee, where he was stable Thursday, Callahan said in a newsletter. No officers were injured.

The GBI identified its five shots officers. Fernando Hernandez with Moultrie police, Blake Livings, Kristopher Sutton and Ivan Folsom were the County Sheriff's Office Colquitt and Josh Smith with the Office of Sheriff Thomas County.

It is unclear whether the officers are placed on administrative leave, which is common and that officer-related shot investigations are ongoing.

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The incident was the 40th official involved with the GBI involved in the 2019 inquiry. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also makes shooting involving non-GBI officials, and sometimes those numbers are different. from GBI scores.

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