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Man found in front of house fire with shotgun before engaging in shootout with deputes, authorities say

This happened on Jay Moss Lane in Talking Rock, Georgia.

PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. — One man is dead after a shooting involving Pickens County deputies took place Tuesday night.

Around 11:44 p.m., deputies were called to a home off Jay Moss Lane in Talking Rock. A neighbor told deputies there was a house fire nearby and they heard gunshots coming from the home, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  

When they arrived, deputies found the home engulfed in flames and a man standing out in the front yard with a shotgun. Deputies began speaking with the man, believed to be Frank Jerry Millsapps, the GBI said. 

Georgia agents said deputies ordered the 65-year-old to put the shotgun down. After several attempts to get Millsapps to drop the gun, he began walking toward deputies armed, authorities said.

Millsapps pointed the shotgun at deputies and began shooting, the GBI said.

Shots were fired several times between Millsapps and deputies. The 65-year-old was shot and later pronounced dead at the scene, the GBI said.  

No law enforcement officers were hurt, according to the GBI. 

Investigators said Millsaps shot at a neighbor before deputies came to the home. He was believed to have also hit deputy vehicles during the shootout. 

Once the GBI finishes its investigation, it will hand it off to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review. 

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