As of Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting a Use of Force investigation at the request of Sheriff Ezell Brown in connection with a Newton County deputy firing his gun at a suspect Saturday.
The incident occurred while NCSO deputies were assisting the U.S. Marshal's Service with an arrest at 105 Bramblebrush Trail in southern Newton County.
"The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force was executing an arrest warrant out of Columbus, Ohio, for Rodney Swanigan, 46, on charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault," GBI Public Information Officer John Bankhead said. "He was at a relative's house in Newton County. Newton County deputies who were assisting in the arrest were covering the corners of the house when Swanigan ran out of the garage and pointed his gun at one of the deputies. The deputy fired his weapon but missed Swanigan who immediately dropped to the ground and surrendered."
Swanigan was unharmed in the incident and was taken into custody without further incident. He remains in custody at the Newton County Detention Center.
According to NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell, the deputy involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the GBI investigation. Mitchell said the investigation was considered standard procedure.
Bankhead said the GBI is also investigating Swanigan's conduct during the arrest and charges have been taken against him for aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.