Fayette County


Peachtree City resident dies after shootout with police

A man was shot and killed by Peachtree City Police after opening fire on officers Wednesday afternoon. After repeated warnings to drop his gun, William Deen, 67 years old, shot at officers on the scene, who returned fire, fatally shooting him.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a physical domestic altercation between a father and son at a home on Gelding Garth.

In dash camera video released by the police department, an officer is heard talking to the son off screen who says, “He said he was coming out to get a hammer to kill me. You see I have injuries.”

Upon seeing Deen in the driveway with the shotgun, the officer and those he was talking to in the driveway took cover. The officer repeatedly told Deen to put the gun down.

Police cruisers that were in the area serving an unrelated search warrant arrived just after the first officer took cover to provide backup. Thirty-five seconds after a third patrol vehicle arrived on the scene, Deen fired in the direction of the officers. Ten seconds later, Sgt. James Harris returned fire with his patrol rifle, striking and killing Deen.

Peachtree City Police Chief Janet Moon holds a press conference Wednesday to discuss the shooting.

According to Police Chief Janet Moon, the officers were unharmed, and the son was not seriously hurt.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in immediately to handle the investigation.