Deputy shoots, injures man in north Forsyth

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 46-year-old man was shot and injured by a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy on June 26.

Jeffery Todd Nielson, 46, of Cumming, allegedly pointed a rifle at a deputy who spotted the armed man in the north end of the county.

The deputy was checking an undeveloped subdivision on Hopewell Road near Hubbard Town Road and observed a parked pick-up truck, according to Deputy Robin Regan, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

When the deputy drove by the truck, Nielson was seen holding a rifle, Regan said.

As the deputy exited his patrol car, Nielson also exited.

According to Regan, Nielson then made the rifle ready to fire by working a lever action and pointed the rifle at the deputy.

The deputy drew his sidearm and fired, striking Nielson.

Nielson was given immediate medical aid and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

He is expected to recover and is stable condition at this time.

The deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure for these incidents.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting.