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Thomas Co. deputies speak about fatal officer-involved shooting

Thomas Co. deputies speak about fatal officer-involved shooting
Thomas Co. deputies speak about fatal officer-involved shooting
Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 15:11:19-04

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WALB/WTXL) - For the first time since a fatal deputy involved shooting, Thomas County Sheriff's Office officials are speaking on camera.

The shooting took place last Tuesday on Magnolia Street in Thomasville.

Captain Steve Jones says they are awaiting the conclusion of the GBI investigation to get more information about what happened.

When the GBI takes over an investigation, they are called in within minutes of the shooting or incident in question. The purpose of this is to give the case a fresh pair of eyes, and a fair review of what took place.

Many in the community have voiced concern about not hearing from the Sheriff's Office since the incident happened.

This was their response:

"This has been a very difficult week for us at the Sheriff's Office, our hearts, thoughts, prayers go out to our community," Captain Jones said. A tragic event occurred last week and it's really been difficult that we haven't been able to respond to comments or questions that have been made because of the investigation."

Josh Smith, the drug agent involved in this fatal shooting, is on administrative leave. That means unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.