COCHRAN, GA. — A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a Cochran man during an attempted arrest when the man allegedly pointed a gun at police.
Officials said two deputies with the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office were trying to arrest 31-year-old Rasheen Rahan Wright on Friday night. WMAZ-TV reports that a fight started, prompting one of the deputies to use a Taser on Wright.
Police said that when the electric shock from the Taser stopped, Wright pulled his gun and aimed at the deputy. The second officer then shot Wright.
He died of a single gunshot wound at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is examining the death, which is standard when police are involved in fatal shootings. Both deputies have been placed on administrative leave.
Marine, 19, drowns after graduation
BEAUFORT, S.C. — Beaufort County officials say a 19-year-old Marine drowned just a few hours after he graduated from boot camp.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that the Marine drowned Friday off Hunting Island State Park.
Officials say the Marine disappeared while swimming about 40 yards from the beach, south of the Hunting Island Lighthouse. A relative called 911 after losing sight of him. The body was recovered Friday.
Officials didn’t immediately release the man’s name.
In other news
A MIDDLE-AGED SAVANNAH man is recovering from the first reported infection of the West Nile virus in Chatham County this year, according to a doctor. The man spent four days at Candler Hospital, Dr. Richard Roth said.