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UPDATE: Gun-wielding suspect shot dead by Walker County deputies

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UPDATE: Walker County Deputies fatally shot an armed suspect on Cochran Rd. in Rossville, Sunday.

The suspect who was killed, has been identified as Christopher Shell, 43. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson tells Channel 3, the deputies were responding to a 911 call for help involving a domestic dispute. The call was made from a neighboring home around 8:30 p.m. Two deputies initially responded, they were immediately greeted by a woman who claimed she had just been assaulted by Shell. Officers noted that she was visibly upset, with trauma to her face and blood on her shirt. Deputies then approached the home and asked Shell to come outside. 

They backed away after seeing him through the window, holding what was thought to be shotgun. The weapon was later identified to be a .50 Caliber Muzzle Rifle with a scope on it.

"I heard the cops asking him to come out and put his hands up and he wouldn't do it...they kept telling him and telling him," said neighbor Rickey Toomey.

Georgia State Troopers and Fort Oglethorpe police officers arrived on the scene to assist Walker County Sheriff's Dept. Neighbor Rickey Toomey tells Channel 3, he knew something was wrong when deputies surrounded the home.

"The only thing we could here was them telling him 'Hey, put your hands up and come out so we can cuff you ...so he wouldn't listen," said Toomey. "

After several commands to put down the weapon and come outside, Shell reportedly came outside waiving his rifle in threatening manner. Sheriff Wilson says his deputies were forced to open fire.

Shell was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Following the shooting, three Walker County deputies and three Georgia State Patrol Troopers were put on paid administrative leave. Authorities say this is standard procedure following any officer-involved shooting.

The Walker County deputies on leave are identified as: C.A. Black, J.C. Wooten and R.C Galyon. The State Troopers on leave are been identified as: J.L Gass, S.L Poteet and J.W Ballard.

Authorities would not say how many officers opened fire, or how many times Shell was shot. They confirmed multiple officers opened fire, saying the details were still under investigation. The Sheriff's Dept. is offering crisis counseling to all of the officers involved.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what happened. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Walker County District Attorney's Office for any action they deem appropriate. Officials say their investigation could take months to complete.

"I feel bad about what happened I mean you hate to hear about anyone losing their life," said Toomey. "I'm glad deputies didn't get hurt too, they had a job to do and they had to do it."

The woman who was assaulted is said to be okay, she was taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


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Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk tells Channel 3 the officers are okay, but a suspect is dead. Sheriff Sisk is filling in for Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, who is out of town.

Sisk says the shooting is related to a domestic situation. Deputies were called to a home on Cochran Drive in Rossville around 8:30 Sunday evening. Officers met with a woman a few doors down. She had been assaulted. She was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

As deputies approached the home they could see through a window the suspect loading a gun. Deputies gave instructions to the man to come outside. 

The suspect came out of the home armed with the gun. Sisk says the man did not comply with officer's demands and deputies shot and killed him in the front yard.

The GBI has been called in to assist in the investigation. 

The names of the suspect or deputies involved are not being released at this time.

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