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Man killed in shooting by DNR officer

Posted: September 22, 2015 - 11:02pm  |  Updated: September 23, 2015 - 9:34am

State and local authorities are investigating a shooting that killed a Grovetown man Sunday and involved a Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer.

David Sean Owens, 28, was shot after he brandished a weapon at a DNR officer, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to the statement, someone called 911 just before 8 p.m. about a suicidal man, later identified as Owens, walking on Baker Place Road. Sgt. Doyte Chaffin, with the Law Enforcement Division office in Thomson, was investigating an unrelated hunting complaint and was not aware of the 911 call when he encountered Owens, according to the statement. Owens produced a handgun and threatened Chaffin, who then shot him, the statement said.

Chaffin has been with DNR for 19 years, according to DNR spokesman Mark McKinnon.

Columbia County sheriff's deputies responded to Baker Place Road between Hero Way and Warrior Way about a potentially suicidal man with a gun
walking in the road, according to a sheriff's office report.

Five witnesses including at least one deputy said they saw Owens walking along Baker Place Road and past Chaffin. When Chaffin tried to get Owens to get out of the road, Owens pulled out a pistol, chambered a round and pointed the gun at Chaffin, according to the report.

The witnesses saw Chaffin shoot Owens, who then used his own gun to shoot himself in the head, according to the report. Owens was taken to Doctors Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

When the investigation is finished, it will be
turned over to the district attorney's office for any further action.

 

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