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Suspect Shot in Georgia State Park

A man is fatally shot by a south Georgia park ranger, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now reviewing what happened.

The park ranger who pulled the trigger, Chet Powell, is now on paid administrative leave.

Investigators with the GBI are not releasing the details of their investigation, but state park officials promise a full look will be made into this unusual shooting.

State authorities say a suspicious man was seen near a vending machine at Reed Bingham State Park Thursday morning.

State park officials say Ranger Chet Powell responded and confronted the suspect. They say a struggle ensued, and that's when Powell fatally shot the man.

Becky Kelley, Director of Georgia State Parks, says, "The DNR employee that was involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave. The GBI has been on the scene and is conducting the official investigation, and we are awaiting the results of that investigation."

Officials from Georgia state parks expect the investigation into this use of force to take several weeks. The officer involved will remain on paid leave until the investigation is done.

The park is open, and it will remain open to the public. Powell was not the only Department of Natural Resources officer assigned to Reed Bingham.


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