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Deputy shoots armed man
Confrontation was at home off Keith Bridge Road
Authorities investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting Thursday in northeastern Forsyth County. - photo by Autumn McBride

A shotgun-wielding man was shot Thursday morning after confronting Forsyth County Sheriff's investigators at a home in northeastern Forsyth.

The 38-year-old man, who was struck at least once, was taken to North Fulton Hospital, authorities said.

Neither his name nor condition have been released. It was not clear if he lived at the home.

Sheriff Ted Paxton said the shooting occurred as the two investigators were following up on a case at 4345 Keith Bridge Road.

“Apparently this gentleman came out with a shotgun,” Paxton said. “They identified themselves, told him to drop the weapon and he turned and pointed it toward one of the deputies. At that point, the deputy fired.”

Paxton, who was attending a funeral at the time, said it was his understanding that the investigators acted appropriately in the situation.

“Thank God none of the deputies are hurt,” he said.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation would be handling the probe into the incident.

“It’s standard operating procedure that we notify the GBI in an officer-involved shooting,” Huggins said.

The investigators have been put on paid administrative leave, pending the GBI's review.

No other injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Huggins declined to comment on the nature of the investigators' case 

The shooting is the first involving a local sheriff's deputy since August 2009.

In that case, authorities pursued a bank robbery suspect to a gas station in the Midway community.

The man was shot and killed after he refused to drop his weapon.

The two deputies involved were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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