GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting

GORDON COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation shared an update on their investigation of a shooting that involved an officer on Tuesday. They say the incident resulted in the death of a 51-year-old man named Billy Dewayne Couch. No officers were injured.

On January 24, a Gordon County officer attempted to stop a truck on Cook Road in Sugar Valley. It happened around 1 a.m.

The man in the truck was Billy Dewayne Couch. The GBI says Couch fled from the officer.

The deputy followed Couch to 523 Pocket Road in Sugar Valley, where they drove behind the home, GBI said. They continued, “The deputy blocked the truck with the deputy’s patrol car and instructed Couch to show his hands.”

They say Couch got out of the truck, while the deputy continuously gave verbal commands.

GBI says that the deputy shot Couch, and he was taken to a local hospital.

Couch was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The GBI is completing an independent investigation, which is still ongoing. They say once complete, the case will be turned over to the Gordon County District Attorney’s Office to be reviewed.

The GBI said in the release, “This is the 9th officer involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2023.”

More details will be released as they become available.

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