According to reports from the Sheriff's office, deputies responded to the residence on Dews Pond at the request of Floyd County authorities.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered the man in question in a pickup truck which had been reported stolen. The man, later identified as Allen Eugene Otts was approached by deputies and disregarded repeated commands to put down a large caliber rifle, with which he was armed, according to authorities.
Ott reportedly pointed his rifle at a deputy, who shot him. Ott then proceeded to point his rifle at a second deputy who also shot him. Ott was removed from the scene by ambulance and later pronounced dead.
"This was an unfortunate incident where an individual threatened the deputies, placing them in fear for their lives and forced them to take action," said Sheriff Mitch Ralston. "It is a reminder of the dangers in such cases that our courageous officers face everyday."
Ralston added the two deputies who shot Ott have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the case by the GBI, an action which is in standing with regular policy and procedure.