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GBI investigating officer involved shooting

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting that took place after Whitfield County deputies say a man entered a home in the Dawnville community and attacked two women.

He took off after the assault, but when patrol cars caught up to him he allegedly tried to run the deputies over with his truck and was shot by officers.

The suspect, Anthony Pangle, was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the rib area. He remains in the hospital facing multiple charges.

Neighbors say the gun shots started well before police were called.  "He was intoxicated on pills and alcohol and had bought some firearms yesterday," said neighbor Donovan Frank. Pangle then started firing off rounds in front of his trailer around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to Frank.

A block away more neighbors began to take cover. "We started hearing shells hitting the top of the building," said one neighbor. "We were concerned because we knew it wasn't hunters. It was just too many shells going off at one time. There were a lot of kids playing outside, that's what concerned me and my son."

"He got in the truck and went down the road," Frank said. "I don't know what happened down there."

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says that Pangle had left his trailer to confront a woman. "There was a domestic situation there, we got another call and learned he was headed back to his residence."

Chitwood said officers intercepted Pangle outside his trailer.

"All we heard was gunshots," said Frank. "It sounded like World War Three going off around here."

Chitwood said Pangle refused to get out of his truck, then turned it around and drove at Whitfield Deputy Phillip Bishop. Bishop tried to get out of the way before realizing it was too late, so he shot at Pangle.

"We feel like our officers acted appropriately, they followed procedure," said Sheriff Chitwood. "They felt threatened and in danger of their lives and took the necessary action to get the situation under control."

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