GBI: East Dublin Man Killed in Fight with Police

3:00 PM, May 15, 2010   |    comments
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An East Dublin man was fatally shot Friday morning during a fight with a police officer, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Melvin Williams, 33, was pulled over by police around 9 a.m. 

According to GBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Harvey, Williams got into a fight with the officer who stopped him, Jeffrey Deal, and tried to grab his weapon. Williams was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at Fairview Hospital in Dublin.

"Reportedly there was a physical confrontation between the officer and Mr. Williams and in that confrontation the officer drew his weapon and fired one shot," said Harvey.

He says a camera inside the police vehicle was rolling during the incident and the GBI is reviewing the tape. Police are also questioning witnesses.

Williams' mother Lena Pearl Williams says there should have been another way to control the situation.

"You don't take a life that you can't give back! It ain't right!" she said. "Shoot him in the legs or something to warn him try and stop him!"

Williams' body is being sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.

Jeffrey Deal, 25, has been an East Dublin police officer for three years.

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