The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting after a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy shot a man accused of trying to use a gun to break into his wife's house Saturday.
According to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call at about 11 a.m. Saturday on Meadowbrook Lane in Woodstock.
A man, later identified by authorities as Mark Allen, 67, of Woodstock, was banned from the property by a court temporary protective order and had fired rounds at a lock on the front door, the sheriff's office reported. He was unable to get inside the house and left, authorities said. The man's wife and daughter were inside the home but were not injured.
After deputies put out a lookout for the man, the sheriff's office reported, a deputy found the man parked at the Red Lobster near Riverstone Parkway in Canton.
"It appears from preliminary information obtained at the scene that as the deputy approached the suspect, the suspect reached for a firearm and the deputy fired at the suspect," sheriff's office spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker wrote in a news release.
Allen was shot, and lifesaving measures were given, the GBI reported. He was transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee with serious injuries. Sunday, he was in "critical condition," according to the GBI.
The GBI is investigating the shooting.
The deputy is on administrative leave pending the investigation of the shooting, CSO spokesperson Patty Pan told the Tribune.