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Shooting suspect/victim identified
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A fight that erupted inside Bo Maz Night Club on Sunday morning later spilled out in the parking lot, leaving one man dead.

According to an incident report released by the Walthourville Police Department, Nathaniel Pruitt Jr., 24, was killed by an off-duty deputy working as security for the night club.

The incident was first reported by Walthourville Police Chief Tracy McFadden.

According to the report, Pruitt was kicked out of the night club by security after starting a fight. Witnesses reported that Pruitt obtained a hand gun and returned to the night club and started shooting at random out in the parking lot.

According to the incident report, a bullet struck and man named Michael Fluker, 31, a soldier stationed at Fort Stewart.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Agent in Charge, Cathy Sapp, earlier confirmed someone was shot in the leg and taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. According to Sapp, Fluker is doing fine and recovering.

The report says police were called to the scene when officers heard the off-duty deputy call for backup at the club’s location.

Liberty County Coroner Reggie Pierce confirmed that Pruitt was the man killed. His body is to be autopsied as part of a GBI investigation, Pierce said.

Sapp said the identity of the deputy is not being released.  The deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation, which is standard practice.

Although authorities have not released the deputy’s name, the incident report states deputy Perry was in the crowd when police arrived on scene and that deputy Perry fired his duty weapon to stop the threat. Deputy Perry’s first name is not listed.

Sapp did tell news reporters that the off-duty deputy had the authority to respond to dangers.

"He was in the jurisdiction where he works, and he was in the right legal steps to do what he did. He's a police officer at that point in time," Sapp said.

The report says the off-duty deputy ordered Pruitt to drop his weapon several times before shooting the suspect.

"Right now I'm just feeling in shock," Shereese Pruitt, the suspect’s mother told reporters. "I don't know why it had to happen, it feels like a bad dream."

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