An incident unfolded late Sunday night in Walker County, leaving one man dead and a deputy injured as he responded to a call for help. According to a press release from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at a duplex residence in the community.
The distressing situation began when a concerned woman dialed 911, reporting that her brother was threatening her and preventing her from re-entering their shared home. Deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office promptly responded to the call, entering the residence at the woman’s invitation.
Upon their arrival, the suspect retreated into a bedroom, closing the door behind him. As deputies attempted to engage with the individual in the bedroom, he reportedly opened fire, prompting a swift response from law enforcement.
In the exchange of gunfire, a Walker County Sheriff’s deputy was struck, while the suspect, who also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Whitfield County, ultimately lost his life. The injured deputy, whose identity remains undisclosed, is expected to undergo surgery on Monday morning for injuries described as non-life-threatening.
The incident prompted a significant law enforcement presence in the area. Deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) converged on Bragg Circle, just a few blocks northeast of Highway 27 and the Chickamauga Battlefield. Crime scene tape surrounded the duplex as GBI agents meticulously documented the scene, both inside and outside the residence.
At this time, the specifics surrounding the events leading up to the tragic incident remain unclear, and authorities are actively working to gather more information.