The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing a deputy’s fatal shooting of a 37-year-old African American man in Thomasville, Georgia, about 30 miles from Tallahassee.
A GBI press release says agents from the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Vice Division were executing a search warrant in the Magnolia and Fern Street area around 4:20 p.m. when Herbert “Pop” Gilbert was shot.
The incident involved police vehicles and Gilbert’s vehicle prior to the shooting.
The deputy involved has been identified as agent Josh Smith, who is white. He started at TCSO in June 2012. Sheriff Carlton Powell said the officer is on temporary administrative leave, the Thomasville Times-Enterprise reported. In a separate 2015 incident, Smith was suspended for not adhering to proper arrest procedures, the paper reported.
TCSO said it could not comment on the situation as long as it’s under active investigation.
Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs said the incident was “a tragic event for our community.”
Hobbs’ office and the Chief of Police issued a joint statement Wednesday.
“On behalf of the Thomasville City Council and the entire City family, we want to begin by expressing our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Mayor Hobbs. “This was a tragic event for our community.”
The latest deadly shooting of a black man by law enforcement triggered demonstrations. Holding signs that read “Justice for Herbert” and “We are Pop,” dozens of protesters marched through downtown Thomasville Wednesday and Thursday morning. A community vigil was also held on Magnolia Street.
*Excerpts taken from Tallahassee.