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Driver shot by Stephens County deputy during 'struggle' after speeding away from attempted traffic stop, authorities say

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STEPHENS COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a man was shot by a deputy in Stephens County Tuesday afternoon.

The Stephens County Sheriff's Office asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation after a man was shot by a deputy during an attempted traffic stop, authorities said.  

According to the GBI, shortly after 1:15 p.m., a deputy tried to pull over a man driving a Chevrolet Silverado on Yearwood Road in Toccoa, Georgia. The driver refused to stop and led the deputy on a chase, investigators said. He ultimately crashed at Broad River Road, got out of his truck and began to approach the deputy, the GBI said.

"There was a struggle between the driver and deputy and during this struggle, the deputy’s gun was unholstered. The deputy and the driver fought over the gun during which the deputy fired one shot, striking the driver, " the GBI said in a release. 

The driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the GBI. No deputies were injured during the incident.

The GBI said an arrest warrant lists a charge for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer against the 36-year-old man, but additional charges could come. 

On Wednesday, he was listed in stable condition.

The GBI is actively investigating the incident and will turn its findings over to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review. According to the GBI, this is the 14th shooting involving law enforcement that it has been requested to investigate in 2022.

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