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Probation officer involved in shooting
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Authorities are investigating an attack on a probation officer which left the suspect dead in Glennville, Ga. Thursday afternoon.

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John Durden, a probation officer visiting the EZ pawn shop located on the 900 block of North Veterans Boulevard in Glennville was allegedly attacked around 4:30 p.m. Durden said the suspect entered the business after the officer and allegedly began attacking the officer who used his service revolver to defend himself.  The suspect was shot and killed at the scene, while the probation officer sustained injuries. Durden stated that at this time, there appears to be no connection between the two men; however the investigation is in the early stages. The probation officer was said to not be serving a warrant at the time of the attack.


According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, afternoon, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Glennville Police Department and the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred in the city of Glennville.

The release said a Department of Community Supervision Probation Officer was visiting the EZ pawn shop on North Veterans Boulevard waiting on another law enforcement officer to arrive. A suspect identified as Riley Eugene Peay, 39, of Glennville, Ga., walked into the business and allegedly attacked the probation officer without warning or reason. According to the release, Peay spat on and punched the officer, at which time the officer retreated from the suspect and drew his service weapon and gave verbal commands for the suspect to stop. Peay continued his aggression towards the officer and the officer fired his weapon at Peay to stop the attack. Although the officer hit the suspect in the shoulder area when he initially fired his weapon, Peay continued his attack on the officer causing the officer to fire additional shots to stop the attack. The suspect was incapacitated by the second round of shots and subsequently died at the scene.


The officer received injuries to the face from the punches dealt by Peay.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

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