Sheriff: DTF ‘met with armed assailant’
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 17, 2012 | 6462 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Friday said an officer-involved shooting Thursday night that left a woman dead stemmed from the execution of a narcotics warrant.

Two Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force agents were involved in the shooting about 6 p.m. Thursday on Evergreen Trail.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Jerry Scott said the agency was called in to conduct the investigation after “officers had to fire on a resident” during the execution of the warrant.

Two people resided in the home but the woman was the only one home at the time of the shooting, Scott said.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton declined to comment, referring all questions to the GBI. Scott said the only information he could provide on the victim was that she was in her mid-60s.

When asked if she was armed, Scott said he could not comment as it was part of an ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Clark Millsap confirmed the woman was armed, saying the agents “met with an armed assailant” when they made entry into the residence.

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Scott could not say how long the investigation may take.

“We don’t do timelines,” he said.

The DTF was formed in 2008 and is a joint venture between the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and Cartersville Police Department.

Of the handful of officer-involved shootings between 2008 and Thursday, none involved a DTF agent, according to research by The Daily Tribune News. Four involved BCSO deputies and one was by a CPD officer.