A Floyd County police officer shot and killed a 55-year-old Rome man early Saturday after the suspect took the officer’s Taser in a struggle, police reported.

Police Chief Bill Shiflett said the shooting by officer Shane Scoggins was justified.

Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard identified the dead man as Paul Bennett Hoyle of a North Fifth Avenue address.

Shiflett also said a woman involved in the incident who was "badly beaten on her face" had spoken to investigators, but that she was not being identified pending an interview with agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

He said she was released from Redmond Regional Medical Center after being treated.

According to the police department:

Scoggins responded to 1603 Floyd Springs Road around 12:30 a.m. Saturday after neighbors heard a female screaming and reported it to 911.

When Scoggins arrived on the scene, he found Hoyle holding a woman in a headlock. She had been severely beaten. After commanding him several times to release the woman, Scoggins was forced to physically remove Hoyle’s grasp on the woman, and in the struggle Hoyle took Scoggins’ Taser.

He then threatened Scoggins with the Taser. Scoggins repeatedly pleaded with the subject to drop the Taser, but he refused.

Scoggins then fired two rounds, striking Hoyle. Scoggins called for an ambulance and attempted to administer first aid.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident, which is routine in officer-related shooting cases.

Shiflett said Scoggins, who has been on the force for six years, has been placed on administrative leave with pay and benefits.

Hoyle was pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center at 2:24 a.m. Police declined to release any information about the woman involved, referring questions to the GBI, who could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Rome News Tribune