UPDATE 12:45 pm.:

The GBI has released the name of the man shot by a Bleckley County deputy today.

He is Blake Peacock, age 32.

That's according to Scott Whitley, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office.

He said two deputies responded to a call from Peacock's mother, Sheila Peacock, who said he was choking her.

In a release from the GBI, it says Sheila advised the 911 operator that her son was saying that "deputies would have a hard time removing him from the property and that they would have to kill him."

Sheila also told the dispatcher Blake grabbed a rifle from the home and was pointing it at her and his grandmother.

When they arrived, Whitley said, Blake was in the yard with a rifle. Deputies ordered him to drop it, but he didn't, Whitley said.

That's when one of the deputies shot a single gunshot at Blake, he said.

Whitley said they're still investigating whether Blake threatened the officers or pointed the rifle at them.

The deputy's name has not been released.


A Bleckley County deputy shot and killed a man involved in a domestic disturbance Monday morning.

That's according to investigator Alan Watson of the Bleckley County Sheriff's Office.

He said it happened at a home on Highway 257, known locally as Chicken Road.

Watson said the GBI has been called in to investigate.

He said they're still collecting information on how the shooting happened and expect to release more information later today.

The names of the deputy and the man he shot have not been released.