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FIRST ON 3: Robbery suspect shot and killed by detective

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA -

(WRCB) - Residents of The Meadows on Ooltewah-Ringgold Road could tell something was wrong when they spotted a man carrying two duffle bags out of a home.

"He was just zigzagging back and forth," Anna-Catherine Colson told Channel 3, "you could tell something was wrong."

"There was jewelry laid out all through that yard," Colson pointed across the street, "he had a bag full of stuff, guns, a bunch of ammo."

Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers says the unidentified man ran from deputies into a wooded area.

County K-9 units tracked him and set up a perimeter.

He was spotted a mile south near an abandoned home.

"He was armed with a handgun and a shotgun," said Summers in a press conference Tuesday night, "both of these items were stolen from the residence."

Summers says the man took aim at officers and at himself.

"A second time the individual raised the shotgun towards the officer," he said, "the officer, a detective here at the sheriff's office, fired one shot and the suspect went down."

Summers interviewed the detective who fired that fatal shot, and 4 deputies who witnessed the shooting.

He says the shooting was justified.

But residents worry the man had an accomplice.

Colson believes the driver of a red truck was working with the suspect.

"It wasn't just to drive in and drive out, he was driving back and forth," she said, "he was definitely waiting on him."

Summers says there was another robbery in the area earlier in the day and his investigators are looking into the possibility the man was not working alone.

"It's a sad ending, but maybe people will learn you can't just go around robbing people's houses," said Colson.

Investigators have not been able to identify the man. He's described as a while male in his 20's with a slim build, dark hair, and tattoos on his torso.

The officer who pulled the trigger in on administrative leave, per department policy.

The GBI is investigating the shooting. When their work is complete the officer's name will be released.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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