Deputy placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation
“Yesterday at approximately 3:29 pm, Paisley was observed in the roadway of Highway 81 in Loganville by a uniformed Walton County Deputy Sheriff on routine patrol. Preliminary information at this time indicates that the deputy turned his vehicle around and activated his blue lights in an attempt to instruct Paisley to step off the busy roadway. Paisley was observed jogging away from the deputy,” Miles said in the press release. “The deputy ordered Paisley to stop and a foot chase ensued. During this chase, the deputy transmitted over the radio to his dispatch center that Paisley was armed with a firearm. Shortly after that radio contact, the deputy fired his service weapon. Paisley was struck by the deputy’s gunfire. A firearm was recovered during a search of the area.”
The officer was not injured in the incident. The Walton County officer-involved shooting was one of three that occurred in the metro Atlanta area on Feb. 26, 2019 that the GBI was called in to investigate.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said he believes that the suspect shot in the officer-involved shooting in Loganville will survive his injuries.
“He was transported to Gwinnett Medical,” Chapman said. The Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy who fired two shots at the suspect “is OK. Except for having to shoot somebody and that’s never good.”
Chapman said the deputy was on patrol on Highway 81 when he saw a man “dancing around” in the street. He turned his car around and went to find out what was going on when the man took off running.
“He drew his taser and followed,” Chapman said, adding that the man stopped and pulled out a weapon and pointed it at the deputy. Chapman said the man then went into the woodline in Tara Commons and then re-appeared, again pointing his gun at the deputy.
“The deputy fired twice and hit him once,” Chapman said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been called in to investigate. Georgia State Patrol and the City of Loganville Police Department is also on the scene.
Law enforcement officers from Loganville and Walton County are responding to an officer-involved shooting at Tara Commons in Loganville. According to a spokesman with the City of Loganville, the shooting involved a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy.
No further details are immediately available.