MACON - The man shot and killed by a deputy in Macon has been identified by Bibb County coroner Leon Jones.
Jones says the man is Larry Daniel Matthews of Macon.
According to a news release, the shooting happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Houston Avenue near Colquit Street .
Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb Sheriff's Office says Deputy Greg Ussery responded to a shoplifting call at the Family Dollar on Houston Avenue. Deputy Ussery approached a man fitting the description of the shoplifter and at some point a struggle occurred between the two. The deputy Tased the man but the struggle continued.
"The officer basically put bare hands on the guy and was not able to get him subdued," says GBI Special Agent JT Ricketson. " So he deployed his Taser, the subject was able to rip the prongs out from the Taser."
That's when District Attorney David Cooke says the deputy tried to use another non-lethal force. "A physical altercation began and the suspect obtained the deputy's pepper spray and sprayed the deputy who was incapacitated. The deputy discharged his weapon, shooting the suspect," says Cooke.
Deputy Ussery has a total of 12 years in law enforcement. Ussery was a Macon Police Officer before consolidation and becoming a Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Along with the GBI's investigation, the Bibb County Sheriff's Internal affairs office will also conduct an internal investigation.
Deputy Ussery will be placed on administrative leave pending that investigation.