Georgia deputy shoots man accused of attacking his patrol car with a hatchet

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A Georgia deputy shot a North Carolina man who allegedly attacked his patrol car with a hatchet and breaking the driver’s side glass while the deputy was still in the car.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that a Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputy was driving northbound on US Highway 441 in an unmarked police SUV when a speeding truck started to pass him.

The deputy flashed his emergency lights.

According to the GBI, at that moment, the truck, which was also towing a small trailer, swerved into the deputy’s lane. The two vehicles did not collide, but both left the highway and came to a stop on an embankment.

The driver of the truck, identified 43-year-old Eric Edward Webb, of Franklin, North Carolina, allegedly got out of the truck with a hatchet in his hand.

According to the GBI, Webb began beating on the deputy’s driver’s side window with the hatchet, breaking the glass.

The deputy fired at Webb while still seated inside his SUV, shooting him multiple times.

Webb was taken to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The Georgia State Patrol assisted with this investigation.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

This is the 39th officer involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2022.

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