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GBI: Appling County sheriff shoots motorist in Wayne County
Agency says fleeing motorcycle driver was going toward sheriff when shot was fired

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting Friday by the Appling County sheriff just over the line in Wayne County, according to a GBI news release.

The Appling County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI’s help in connection with the incident, which occurred on Highway 341 in Wayne County.

At 2:05 p.m. Friday, Appling County deputies pursued a motorcycle driven by Mathew Jared Schantz, 23, for a traffic violation, the news release says. 

Schantz sped into Wayne County, and Wayne County authorities and a Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger took over the chase, according to the release. 

Schantz continued to evade authorities and began traveling back toward Appling County. While on Highway 341, Appling County Sheriff Benny Deloach encountered Schantz, who was speeding toward him, and shot him, the GBI said. 

As a result, Schantz crashed the motorcycle. Schantz was airlifted to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. When the GBI’s investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office for review. 

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