Floyd County Police are still looking to make contact with the next of kin of a man who was shot and killed by an officer on Floyd Springs Road overnight on Friday, according to a press release.
The release stated that Officer Shane Scoggins responded to 1603 Floyd Springs Road around 12:30 a.m. after neighbors heard a female screaming. When Scoggins arrived on the scene, he found a man holding a woman in a headlock.
After commanding him several times to release the woman, Scoggins was forced to physically remove the man’s grasp on the woman, and in the struggle the man grabbed hold of Scoggins’ taser.
The release stated the man then charged Scoggins, forcing Scoggins to retreat and pleaded with the man to drop the taser to no avail.
The release stated Scoggins was forced to fire two rounds, striking the male. Scoggins called for an ambulance and attempted to administer first aid. The male later died at Floyd Medical Center’s emergency room.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident, which the release stated was routine in officer related shooting cases.
Chief Bill Shiflett said Scoggins, who has been on the force for six years, would be placed on administrative leave with pay and benefits for the time being.
"After a short period we hope to put him on desk duty," Shiflett said. "We want to get him around his friends and coworkers as quickly as possible."