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GBI investigating Laurens deputy-involved fatal shooting

A 59-year-old East Dublin man was fatally shot Wednesday night as Laurens County deputies were serving a warrant.

David Hooks came to the door of his home with a shotgun after deputies knocking on the door repeatedly announced, “Sheriff’s department, search warrant,” according to a news release from the GBI.

Hooks pointed the gun at the deputies, who ordered him to put it down. Instead he pointed the gun at deputies in a more aggressive manner, the release stated.

According to the GBI’s initial account, more than one deputy shot at Hooks, but no information was released about where the bullets hit or how many were fired.

Hooks was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. Thursday at Medical Center, Navicent Health, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell released a statement explaining that deputies were executing a “knock and announce” drug search warrant at 1184 Ga. 319 when Hooks “demonstrated aggression toward the deputies.”

Hooks’ wife was at home but was not injured, according to the GBI, which was called in at Harrell’s request.

The sheriff declined to say how many officers fired, preferring to let the GBI sort out exactly what happened and release further details.

He also declined to identify the deputies involved and say whether anyone would be placed on leave during the probe.

Those close to the case say they were familiar with Hooks, but he was not someone who had been in and out of jail.

Hooks received immediate medical attention from paramedics who are assigned to the sheriff’s response team, the release stated.

Hooks was initially taken to Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin before being transferred by ambulance to Macon, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley.

His body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy scheduled for Friday.

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