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Probe continues into officer-involved shooting

Details scarce as deputies return to duty

POSTED: March 28, 2014 12:05 a.m.
 

NORTH FORSYTH — Three Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies have returned to work as the state continues its investigation into the March 17 shooting death of a 52-year-old man.

Sherry Lang, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the case, said it is “being actively worked right now.”

According to Lang, investigators hope to be finished in a few weeks, at which point they will “turn it over to the district attorney … and they will review the case.”

The sheriff’s office confirmed Thursday that the deputies, whose names have not been released, came back to work Monday following a week of paid administrative leave, which is standard agency policy.

The shooting of death of Kenny Roger Drake occurred about 12:12 a.m. March 17 when the deputies responded to a 911 call at his Nicholson Road home in northwest Forsyth.

When they arrived, Drake reportedly pulled out a firearm and threatened the deputies, prompting them to fire.

The nature of the 911 call remains unclear, and authorities have not said whether anyone else was home at the time. The GBI and sheriff’s office have declined to release additional details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Last April, Drake had received a 24-month sentence, with all but 10 days to be served on probation, after pleading guilty to DUI-less safe and following too closely.

The charges stemmed from an August 2012 crash in which Drake rear-ended a school bus carrying Midway Elementary students on Strickland Road, just south of Hwy. 9. There were no serious injuries.

 

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