Authorities identify man killed by McDuffie County deputies

Authorities released the name Wednesday of a McDuffie County man killed by sheriff’s deputies in a shootout Tuesday afternoon.

Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe, who assisted McDuffie County on the case, identified the man as Roy Wayne Axon, 58, of Dearing.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, McDuffie County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 2100 block of Boneville Road, for a report of an armed man holding women at gunpoint, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge, Mike Ayers.

When the first deputy arrived he spotted a man and three women standing in the carport of the home. The women – Axon’s estranged wife and two of her friends – immediately fled and the man fired at the women and then at the deputy, Ayers said.

Ayers said that the deputy returned fire and that Axon retreated into the house and came out a back entrance. The deputy then saw Axon with a rifle, and more shots were exchanged.

Ayers said Axon again ran around to the front of the house and encountered a second deputy. More shots were fired, and Axon was fatally wounded, Ayers said.

Ayers said no one else was hurt in the gunfire, but Axon’s wife sustained injuries from an assault before the deputies’ arrival.

Ayers said names of the deputies involved would have to be released by Mcduffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall, who did not return messages left at his office on Wednesday.

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