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Deputy shoots, kills assailant

A Lamar County sheriff’s deputy answering a domestic dispute call at 176 Steele Road Tuesday afternoon shot and killed a man who confronted him with a shotgun. The dead man has been identified as Brian Keith Giddens, 38, who lived at the home. Sheriff’s deputy Chris Webster shot and killed Giddens with his service weapon after Giddens brandished the shotgun. It is unclear whether Giddens fired. A GBI crime scene unit is en route. Webster took cover in the home and called for help, touching off a massive police response that included at least one area SWAT team. Giddens is no stranger to law enforcement. He was arrested in August 2010 for obstruction of an officer, family violence battery and interference with government property. In July 2010 he was jailed for terroristic threats and acts, reckless conduct, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction and various firearms charges. According to tax records, that property is owned by Eleanor Giddens. Also living there is a man by the name of George Martin, according to neighbors. Sheriff Larry Waller issued a news release on the incident at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It follows: On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at approximately 4:18pm, Lamar County Deputy Chris Webster responded to a 911 call on a domestic dispute at 176 Steele Road, Milner, Georgia. Upon arrival at the scene, Deputy Webster was confronted by Mr. Giddens, who was holding a shotgun. The response resulted in shots being fired by the deputy and the subsequent death of Brian Keith Giddens. Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to the incident location to include the Barnesville PD, Milner PD, Griffin PD (SWAT Team), and the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  Lamar County Sheriff Larry Waller requested the assistance of the GBI to investigate the shooting incident. That investigation is in progress at this time. An autopsy was scheduled for 10am today at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur. Deputy Webster has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Sheriff Waller said, ‘The cooperation from all the other agencies was exceptional. ‘

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