More information released on Early County shooting death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Sylvester office, is investigating a case in Arlington, in which an Early County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 58-year-old man on Tuesday.

According to a GBI media release, deputies were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to Jerry’s Country Meat and Catering Company on Highway 45 in response to an emergency 911 complaint of a man inside the store making “disturbing comments” to patrons.

When Sgt. Mickey White with the Early County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, he observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway with its emergency flashers on. White activated the emergency lights on his patrol car, the GBI states, and approached the vehicle, which was occupied by a man later identified as Derry Eugene Touchtone.

While Early County Coroner Todd Hunter said Touchtone’s driver’s license listed his home address as from outside the area, he is a former Baker County resident. Reports said he was now from Headland, Ala.

#he media release states that Touchtone left his vehicle and approached White, refusing verbal commands to halt. The deputy then deployed his Taser against the suspect, according to the GBI, who said Touchtone broke free from the leads, making the defensive weapon ineffective.

After continuing to advance and then striking the deputy, White fired twice toward Touchtone, killing him, the GBI states.

According to the GBI, Touchtone’s body will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon where an autopsy will be conducted.

(The Albany Herald)

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