GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Evans Co., 4 people injured

Published: Feb. 23, 2022 at 9:10 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2022 at 5:04 PM EST
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EVANS COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is taking the lead in the case of an officer-involved shooting in Evans County.

According to the GBI, this started with a shooting around 7:30 Wednesday night on Ruffins Road near Claxton. Evans County Deputies found one man on the scene who had been shot and started to search for the suspected shooter.

The GBI says while law enforcement was at the scene, another man and woman arrived to check on family members possibly involved in the shooting. That’s when the shooting suspect, 41-year-old Paul Eason, started shooting into the car those two people were in.

“Any time you have a suspect at large, there’s a type of danger there that you have to protect yourself as well as the people in the community who are involved,” said Evans County Sheriff Mac Edwards.

The Evans County Sheriff’s Office and Claxton Police then shot Eason. He and the other three people who were shot were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.

The GBI continues to investigate.

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