ACWORTH, Ga. – Authorities say a man was fatally shot after pointing a gun at deputies responding to a domestic violence in suburban Atlanta.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton told local news media that 50-year-old Andrew Earl Abernathy was killed Friday night. Dutton says deputies responded to a call at a home where they found a man and woman drunk inside.
Investigators say deputies interviewed the woman and the man stepped onto the porch with a .22 caliber rifle and pointed it at deputies.
Dutton says deputies "repeatedly" ordered the man to drop his weapon. When the man didn't, Dutton says deputies fired multiple times and struck the man.
The man died at Cartersville Medical Center.
Dutton says an autopsy will be performed at the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in Decatur.