Law Enforcement Fatally Shoots Man After He Killed His Sister and Dogs

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

A man was shot and killed by Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies and LaGrange Police Thursday afternoon after he fatally shot his sister.

Thursday afternoon about 2:49 p.m. authorities received a 911 call indicating that a man had shot and killed his sister in the 5000 block of Riverside Drive near West Point Lake.

Deputies and officers arrived and spoke to the female victim’s husband, who told deputies that his wife had been outside along with her brother, Sam Burt, age 65, when he heard approximately three shots. He then saw her brother run in the woods toward West Point Lake along with his three dogs.

Both agencies then began checking the area for the suspect and located him on a dock where he had already shot and all three dogs.

According to Troup County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Stewart Smith, the armed suspect was engaged by two deputies and two police officers who repeatedly ordered him to put down his firearm, but he refused. The suspect fired a single round and then reportedly raised the firearm in the direction of deputies and officers, so they returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times and knocking him off the dock and into the water.

A LPD officer then pulled the suspect out of the water and lifesaving measures were initiated, but he was deceased.

The female victim, Sally Harrison, age 68, sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Two of the dogs were killed and the third was injured.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released any potential motivations for the shooting, but indicated that alcohol was involved.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been notified and they are investigating both incidents. The names of the deputies and officers involved have not been released at this time. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.


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