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Updated: Deputy-involved shooting leaves one man dead

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 2023 — 8:50 PM

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation –

The GBI has released the name of a man who was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Gordon County early Tuesday, as it launches its investigation into the incident.

Preliminary information indicates that 51-year-old Billy Dewayne Couch of Sugar Valley failed to stop as the deputy was trying to pull him over.

Couch sped away before driving behind a home on Pocket Road in Sugar Valley.

The deputy blocked the truck with his patrol car.

Couch got out of his car, but would not show his hands despite repeated commands by the deputy and was shot.

Couch was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Once the GBI completes its investigation, the case will be given to the Gordon County District Attorney’s Office for review.