Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden currently is reviewing the fatal shooting of Nathaniel Pruitt this past Sunday morning in the Bo Maz night club parking lot.
Pruitt was killed by an off duty Liberty County Sheriff deputy, identified only as deputy Perry in the initial incident report, sometime after 3 a.m. outside the night club on Highway 84 in Walthourville.
According to the initial report filed by Walthourville Police Lt. Wade Long, Pruitt was involved in a fight inside the club and was asked to leave. He apparently left, but returned with a handgun and headed back to the club. But as Pruitt walked across the parking lot, he began firing the weapon, striking Michael Fluker in the upper leg.
In an interview Monday afternoon, Walthourville Police Chief Tracy McFadden said Pruitt was told to drop his weapon by the deputy when he confronted him.
According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Statesboro Special Agent in Charge Cathy Sapp, the deputy, who was acting as a law enforcement officer at the time of the shooting, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard practice.
Durden said he has met with authorities and is reviewing details before deciding how the state will proceed.