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GBI: Gunman who said he wouldn’t be taken alive shot dead by deputy

A 32-year-old Bleckley County man was shot to death Monday when deputies were called to a domestic dispute in the Empire community southeast of Cochran.

Blake Peacock, who’d vowed not to be taken alive, refused to drop his rifle when deputies confronted him, said Scott Whitley, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Eastman office.

“After ordering Blake to put (the rifle) down and him failing to comply, a Bleckley County deputy used deadly force and shot and killed him,” Whitley said.

The GBI was investigating the officer-involved shooting, which began with a mother’s call for help.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., Bleckley 911 received a call from a woman saying she was being assaulted by her son at 307 Ga. 257 West. The residence lies just east of Ga. 87, the highway between Cochran and Eastman.

The caller, later identified by authorities as Peacock’s mother, Sheila Peacock, said her son had a rifle.

“Sheila Peacock advised the 911 operator that her son was stating that deputies would have a hard time removing him from the property and that they would have to kill him,” the GBI said in a statement sent to news outlets Monday evening. “Sheila also advised 911 that Blake had obtained a rifle from the residence and was pointing it at her and his grandmother.”

Sheila Peacock sustained minor injuries in the dispute, but she did not seek medical attention, Whitley said.

GBI crime scene specialists were gathering evidence at the scene.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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