The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an early-morning New Year's Day shooting in which a Rossville man was killed by a Walker County deputy.
The exchange lasted less than 30 seconds in the kitchen area of the home, Greg Ramey, special agent with the GBI Office in Calhoun, said Tuesday.
"This was a terrible tragedy yesterday," he said.
On Jan. 1 the Walker County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to investigate an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Mark Steven Parkinson, 65.
Preliminary information from Walker County authorities indicates that on Jan. 1, at about 3:15 a.m., Walker County deputies were dispatched to 147 Meadowview Lane in Rossville for a welfare check after a 911 call was made.
In the call, information was provided that stated a female at the residence was threatening to kill herself and her children. Once on scene, Deputy John Chandler observed Parkinson within the residence with a weapon.
Deputies announced multiple times that they were from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. Parkinson pointed the weapon at Deputy Chandler. Subsequently, Deputy Chandler fired multiple shots at Parkinson, striking him.
No officers were injured during the incident. Parkinson will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.
Ramey said the GBI is investigating the 911 call, particularly to determine if the caller, a woman, was giving genuine information or making the call based on misleading information.
Ramey said the woman caller was not in the household and is not a blood relative to anyone in the residence. The caller's identity has not been released publicly.
Ramey said sheriff's deputies, after arriving at the house, began to knock on the door and repeatedly announced their arrival.
Parkinson was seen in the kitchen, near a counter, and pointing a gun through a kitchen window at the deputy outside of the house, Ramey said.
Ramey said Parkinson was aware someone was outside of the home.
Parkinson was in the kitchen 15-30 seconds before the deputy fired the shots, Ramey said. The encounter between Parkinson and Chandler was a quick exchange, he said.
Ramey said other members of the residence were awake during the shooting and in relatively close proximity to the kitchen area where Parkinson was shot.
Ramey said he is unaware to any past reports or incidents in which officers had to be called out to the Parkinson residence.