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Deputies shoot man in post chase gunbattle

An Upson County man was shot by Lamar deputies Thursday afternoon after a high speed chase that ended on O’Neil Street between Lamar County High School and Aldora Mills. Tyler Pitts, 33, was involved in an incident Wednesday with a female who works at the Upson Regional Medical Center complex here Wednesday, according to sheriff Brad White. Pitts was the subject of aggravated stalking warrants out of Upson County. Lt. Chris Webster of the LCSO spotted Pitts at a home on Freeman Road. Pitts fled the home in a older model maroon Suburban and headed toward town. He avoided stop strips set for him on Hwy. 36 and was apparently headed for the URMC building where the female worked. When he got to Veterans Parkway, he went north in southbound lane with multiple law enforcement officers in pursuit. He turned onto Hwy. 18 then right onto Peacock St. Once he hit O’Neil Street, he produced a black handgun and opened fire. Five LCSO personnel returned fire and Pitts was hit. Officers immediately rendered aid to Pitts who remained combative and beligerent. EMTs arrived as did a lifeflight helicopter. Lamar schools were briefly on lockdown after the gunfire erupted. Sheriff White said they had received multiple tips that Pitts was out hunting for the female. “We were told he shot his dog last night and said it was all going down today because his insurance runs out tomorrow,” the sheriff added. Pitts was conscious as he was loaded into the ambulance just after 1 p.m. No law enforcement pesonnel were hurt during the incident. The shooting scene has been turned over to the GBI.

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