UPDATE: An investigation has determined that a Burke County deputy was justified in shooting an armed subject.
On Wednesday afternoon, several deputies, including Captain Jason Vinson, responded to reports of a subject displaying a gun and attempting to stop vehicles on Highway 23 at Griffin Landing. The subject, later identified as twenty-year-old Steve Dykes, reportedly refused to follow commands and reached for a firearm in his waistband. That's when Captain Vinson fired three shots, striking Dykes in the forearm.
After the shooting, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Force Investigation Team was brought in to investigate. The Force Investigation Team and District Attorney Natalie Paine both concluded that the shooting was justified.
During the investigation, it was determined that Dykes is in need of mental evaluation and possible treatment. The Sheriff's Office is working with the family.
Sheriff Alfonzo Williams says, “We are extremely grateful in that our Deputies were not injured and that the suspect sustained only minor injuries prior to his arrest.”
ORIGINAL STORY: A man has been shot by Burke County Sheriff's Office deputies after refusing to put down his gun.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff's Office received a call about a man waving a gun at drivers along Highway 23 near Griffin Landing. When deputies arrived at the scene, they approached the man with weapons drawn. The man reportedly refused their commands and reached for the weapon in the waistband of his pants.
One deputy fired, striking the man in the forearm. He was taken into custody and has been transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
We will update this story when more information is available.
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