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Homicide suspect shot, killed by Walton County deputy after he began crashing into multiple cars

Deputies were originally called to address an aggressive driver.

WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Walton County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed an alleged homicide suspect after he began crashing his vehicle into other cars on Highway 81 Saturday.

They say William Parrott is the suspect of an alleged homicide in Wrightsville and another in Walton County. A deputy shot and killed Parrott after he caused multiple collisions with his car. 

Authorities were responding to a call reporting a person using their vehicle to ram into other vehicles around Highway 81 at Robertson Road, deputies said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on Sunday that Parrott was at a Marathon gas station in Loganville just before 7:30 p.m., where he used his truck to damage several other vehicles in the parking lot. They said Parrott got out of his truck and began to damage another car with a hammer. 

The suspect got back in his truck and drove to the EZ Stop convenience store located at Highway 81 where he got out of his truck with the hammer and confronted a citizen who happened to be armed.

A Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived on scene and encountered the armed citizen and Parrott. The armed citizen complied with the deputy to put their gun down, the GBI said. Parrott, still armed with the hammer, charged at the deputy. They said that's when the deputy fired one shot, striking Parrott. 

The 35-year-old suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

"We are saddened for the impact on both communities and for the tragic loss of life," the department wrote on Facebook. 

The sheriff's office has called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation, according to a GBI spokesperson.

Information about the two homicides were not immediately made available. No deputies were hurt.


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