George Co. deputy involved in deadly shooting on paid leave

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The George County deputy involved in a deadly shooting has been temporarily relieved of his duties with pay. The move comes after Monday night's incident on Blackberry Lane near the Barton Community that left a man dead.

"When I pulled in from work last night, all I saw were blue lights. I didn't have a clue of what was going on." 

Residents on Blackberry Lane were shocked and sadden to hear about the violence that occurred a few feet away from their home.

"To find out there was actually a shooting down there, I was, like, surprised because I thought we were in a quiet neighborhood," Lynn Parker said.

George County investigators are releasing very few details about the shooting, but said there  was a report of a domestic violence disturbance at this home around 8 o'clock' Monday night.

"From what we gathered, it was a domestic related 911 call," Chief Investigator Captain Ben Brown said.

Minutes after deputies showed up at the residence, Captain Brown said things turned deadly.

"There was an officer involved shooting."

The male resident was shot and died on the scene.

"I hate it for everyone involved, as well as the victim and the officer," Parker said.

The deputy's identity has not been released, but investigators said the deputy has been with the department for a number of years.

"He has been with this department for over 10 years. He is currently on administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation," said Brown. "Since one of deputies was involved in this incident, it is protocol to turn it over to the MBI for them to do a thorough investigation on the matter. We want to be accountable for everything that took place," Captain Brown said.

The family of the man who was killed did not want to speak on camera with WLOX. George County officials said they are not releasing his name at this time.

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