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Whitfield County deputy shoots man in shoulder early Thursday

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping investigate a deputy-involved shooting that happened in the county early Friday morning. (Image: MGN)

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping investigate a deputy-involved shooting that happened in the county early Friday morning.

WCSO Sheriff Scott Chitwood says the incident happened just before 2 a.m. at 102 South Adela Drive.

Officers were called in reference to a man who was "acting very paranoid." The man's wife told officers her husband was bi-polar and was off his medication, and acting very strange.

Chitwood says the woman told officers he had a machete and a hammer. When deputies arrived and identified themselves, Chitwood says the man came out of the front door, "waving an object aggressively at the deputies."

Chitwood says those deputies repeatedly ordered him to drop what he had in his hands, but he refused, and that's when a deputy fired his service weapon, striking the man in the shoulder.

The man continued to be combative and resistant while EMTs tried to give him first aid.

Chitwood says the unidentified man was taken to Hamilton Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury.

Chitwood has not identified the officer who fired the weapon, or elaborated on his current status.

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