GBI and sheriff officials are wrapping up the investigation at the scene of an officer involved shooting that happened about 1 a.m. on Lincoln Street in Jasper involving a Pickens deputy.
The deputy was uninjured and the suspect was airlifted to a hospital, according to sheriff officials still on the scene at 8 a.m. this morning.
Press Release from Pickens Sheriff
DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP
At approximately 1:00 am, Sergeant Travis Curran with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on Hwy 53 East in Jasper Georgia. Curran followed the vehicle until it stopped on Lincoln Street. As Curran exited his vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Gary Lee Castle, (shown above in 2016 book in photos) moved aggressively toward him with a large metal pipe in his hand.
As Castle moved toward Curran, the Sergeant retreated approximately 100 feet while repeatedly pleading with Castle to drop the weapon. After Castle refused the commands, Sgt. Curran discharged his firearm, striking Castle.
Castle received aid on the scene and was transported by helicopter to a trauma center in Atlanta Georgia. At the time of this release, Castle remains in critical but stable condition.
Following standard procedure for the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to complete a thorough investigation of the incident. While the investigation is being completed, Sergeant Curran has been placed on administrative leave.
This case remains under active investigation now, limiting our ability to release additional details.