Whitfield Co. deputies involved in fatal shooting returning to work, GBI still investigating
A release from the Sheriff's Office says Sergeant Michael O’Mahony and Deputy Brad Mathis will return to their assigned duties, but does not clear them of any wrongdoing.
The two Whitfield County deputies who killed a man after a car chase Monday will return to work, but the GBI says that does not clear them of any wrongdoing.
A release from the Sheriff's Office says Sergeant Michael O’Mahony and Deputy Brad Mathis will return to their assigned duties, as the investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues.
"Our investigation focuses on any type of criminal law that may have been broken," said Special Agent In Charge Greg Ramey.
Sheriff Scott Chitwood says dash cam video confirmed the officers' statements of the events that happened when a police chase ended on Maddox Mill Road. He handed that dash cam video over to the GBI.
Channel 3 requested a copy of the video, but citing the ongoing investigation, the request was denied.
Special Agent Ramey said the GBI investigation should be completed next month.
"I think we're pretty close to being through with all our interviews there might be a couple left to do, then we'll get our reports together and get those to the District Attorney," Ramey said.
The officers said, the suspect, Brett Noblitt, 25, pulled over to the side of the road but began driving toward a third officer as he approached the vehicle, prompting O'Mahony and Mathis to open fire.
Noblitt was killed in the shooting.
Family and friends of Noblitt are still questioning the events surrounding his death and if the shooting was justified.