Spalding County deputy Bryan Head arrived on-scene only to shoot him dead.
Sheriff Darrell Dix stated deputy Head was there for a welfare check.
Dix claims former jailer Guy Lynn Scott Jr., who was suicidal, began threatening deputy Head.
Deputy Head walked to the back of Scott’s home when he the former jailer walked out pointing a gun.
Spalding County Deputy Bryan Head.
“While the deputies were approaching the backside of the house, a gentlemen stepped out with a handgun and pointed a handgun at the deputy. One of the deputies fired his weapon and struck the subject twice,” Dix told 11Alive.
Dix also says the deputies didn’t have much time to react, which is a common excuse frequently used by police.
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“The distance between the officer and the suspect was very close. There was really not a lot of time for the officer to react.”
Scott, who worked at the county jail between 1991 and 2000 as a jailer, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a statement by Sheriff Dix, Head did not identify himself as a law enforcement officer prior to firing two rounds into Scott, because he didn’t have time after Scott aimed his gun at him.
According to records, Head began his career with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in April 2014 and before becoming a deputy completed one hour of training in dealing with people who are mentally ill or who have diminished mental capacities.
Dix said Head had also gone through crisis intervention training.
“He is well-versed in de-escalation,” Dix said.
“[But] the instance happened so fast there was not even a chance to say anything.”
Head is now on paid administrative leave.
According to Dix, after being “shaken” by the incident, the sheriff’s office is in the process of getting the deputy counseling.
Several others were in the home at the time of the incident.
They were not harmed.