Suspect identified in deputy-involved shooting in Burke County

Scene of deputy-involved shooting in Girard, Ga. - April 19, 2017

GIRARD, Ga. (WJBF) – One man is in custody after an officer-involved shooting in Burke County.

It happened around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, when officers responded to a man reportedly displaying a firearm to drivers near Bethany United Methodist Church on Highway 23 at Griffin Landing in Girard. When deputies arrived, they approached the suspect with guns drawn.

Investigators say the man then reached for his gun and one of the deputies fired at the suspect, hitting him in the forearm.

Sheriff Alphonzo Williams identifies the suspect as Steve Austin Dykes, 21, of Girard. The Sheriff says Dykes has been known to have mental issues in the past.

The suspect was taken to AU for medical treatment of what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

Columbia County County Force Investigation was on the scene looking into the use of force, but Sheriff Williams tells NewsChannel 6 he is confident his deputies acted within protocol.

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