The Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Acworth, Georgia - On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 the Georgia Bureau of investigation’s Calhoun Regional Office was requested by the Bartow County Sheriff's Office to investigate a deputy involved shooting incident that occurred in the 4500 block of Bartow Carver Road in Acworth .

Preliminary information indicates that Bartow County Deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence call at a residence on Bartow Carver Road at about 11:15 p.m. that night. Once deputies arrived at the residence they met with the 911 caller outside the home. As deputies were speaking with the complainant, an individual identified as the complainant’s boyfriend came out of the house armed with a long gun.  The deputies repeatedly commanded the individual to drop the weapon. The individual continued to advance toward the deputies and raised the gun pointing it at them. The deputies fired multiple times striking the individual, later identified as Andrew Earl Abernathy, age 50.

The deputies immediately called for emergency medical services and began performing life saving measures. The individual was transported to Cartersville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The individual’s name is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification. An autopsy will be performed by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office at GBI Headquarters in Decatur. The two deputies involved in the incident were not injured.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Bartow County District Attorney’s Office for any action they deem appropriate.

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