Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Monroe, Georgia, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.
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Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Monroe, Georgia, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Credit: WSBTV.com

Credit: WSBTV.com

State authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving police in Monroe, officials said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

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A 63-year-old man was shot and killed after police said he was carrying a gun that turned out to be a replica Thompson machine gun, WSBTV reported.

The scene is about one block from Athens Technical College’s Walton campus.

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It was one of two officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday. The second was reported in Bartow County.

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Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

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