published Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, updated April 17th, 2012 at 10:09 p.m.

GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Catoosa County

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    Ooltewah Ringgold Road remains blocked as officers investigate a shooting.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into an officer-involved shooting this afternoon in Catoosa County.

A man — who police are working to identify — was seen leaving a home in the Meadows subdivision off Ooltewah-Ringgold Road at 4 p.m. carrying two black duffle bags, Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said.

Several deputies found the man in the woods and attempted to talk him into surrendering, Summers said. But the man refused to drop the shotgun he was carrying, the sheriff said.

After several minutes, the man pointed the gun at a deputy and a detective fired one shot, killing the man, Summers said.

The man didn’t have any identification on his person, but was described as white with brown hair and in his early 20s.

The detective who fired the shot hasn’t been identified pending the investigation, Summers said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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