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UPDATE: D.A. says Whitfield Co. officers justified in fatal shooting; family disagrees

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

The District Attorney has completed its investigation of an officer-involved shooting that happened in Whitfield County last year.

D.A. Bert Poston says the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Brett Kelby Noblitt by Whitfield County Sheriff's deputies on November 16, 2015 was justified.

The shooting happened after a car chase.

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"The investigation was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the undisputed facts establish that the officers’ actions were legally justified," Poston says in a release sent to Channel 3. 

Poston says members of Mr. Noblitt’s family have been consulted multiple times throughout this process. He says the family was "briefed earlier this week and provided with a complete copy of the investigation."  

The release says the District Attorney’s investigation of the case has ended.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood tells Channel 3, “I’m pleased with the outcome and we’re moving forward.”

Channel 3 reached out to the family of Brett Noblitt. His brother Franky Ward sent us the following statement:

"I would like to start my statement by saying I loved my brother more than anyone can comprehend. I would have taken a bullet for him and still would," Ward tells Channel 3. "I don't blame him for not stopping because if he did, he wouldn't have gotten his two babies back from our corrupt government. Second of all, he never rammed any police cars. I have the truth to prove it. And finally, the officer that was supposedly in front of the Jeep was not, and I can prove that, too." 

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