Lamar County deputies unharmed in shootout with suspect

GBI investigating Lamar Co. police shooting

LAMAR COUNTY, Ga. -- A male suspect was injured during an shootout with deputies from the Lamar County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon, but law enforcement officers were not injured.

Tyler Walker Pitts of Thomaston had active warrants from Upson County for aggravated stalking against a female who worked in Barnesville. Pitts had made numerous threats indicating that he would kill any law enforcement personnel if he encountered them.

Deputies found Pitts on Freeman Road and tried to stop him before he fled in a maroon Chevrolet Suburban. Lamar County deputies and Barnesville Police officers pursued Pitts and used spike strips to disable the vehicle Pitts was driving on Peacock Street at Trojan Way.

Pitts opened fire on deputies. The deputies returned fire, striking Pitts multiple times. He was airlifted to Macon Medical Hospital. No officers or deputies were struck by gunfire during the exchange. 

The case has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

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