GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Liberty County

LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in Liberty County, Thursday night.

The shooting happened at a home on Ed Powers Boulevard in Gum Branch.

Liberty County's chief deputy says shooting a suspect remains a last resort in situations like this, but this ordeal could have ended much worse.

The lot at the end of Ed Powers Boulevard sat quiet on Friday - a sharp contrast to the frenzy Thursday night when Liberty County deputies were there with a search warrant in a drug case. Deputies from the Special Response Team went into the house. That's where they found themselves in a faceoff with 60-year-old Charles Franklin Hyde, who was holding a gun.

"He was ordered to release the firearm, drop the weapon, given several verbal commands to do so, and refused those commands," said Chief Deputy John Long, Liberty County Sheriff's Office. "In the milliseconds as something like this is unfolding, decisions have to be made whether to shoot or not shoot."

When Hyde raised the gun, a deputy shot him in the hand and Hyde dropped the weapon. Medical crews rushed him to the hospital. Chief Deputy Long says deputies have only a split second to respond when a suspect points a gun. He's glad this standoff ended without any deputies injured, and Hyde alive to eventually get his day in court.

Neighbors who did not want to talk on camera say they'd suspected drug activity at the house and were waiting for something like this to happen.

With his hand bandaged, Hyde remains in the Liberty County Jail.

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