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Man killed by Georgia officer attempting to serve warrant

May 3, 2019

GLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say a Glenwood man has been killed by a law enforcement officer trying to serve a bench warrant.

News outlets report the state Bureau of Investigation has identified the slain person as 52-year-old David Wayne West.

The GBI says authorities with the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office and Oconee Drug Task Force arrived at an area home Thursday afternoon and saw West outside. It says West took off on a four-wheeler and fled into nearby woods.

It says one of the pursuing officers then got into a physical fight with West and fired his gun. West was pronounced dead at the scene.

The GBI says the officer suffered minor injuries. Authorities didn’t immediately release the identity of the officer. An investigation is ongoing.