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Man shot by NCSO deputies

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting of a man by two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies in the early morning hours Saturday.

According to NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver, deputies were summoned to Milton Way in western Newton County around 2:15 a.m. with reports of a man out in the street firing his gun.

"When deputies arrived, they confirmed that is what the man was doing and when they ordered him several times to put his gun down, he pointed the gun at them. Both deputies fired," Oliver said.

He said the man, who lived around the corner from where the incident took place, was taken to a local hospital. His condition was unknown at 5 a.m. and Oliver said at that time his name was being withheld. No one else was hurt in the incident.

It is standard procedure for the GBI to investigate cases of an officer-involved shooting. The two deputies involved will be on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, according to NCSO spokesman Mark Mitchell.

He said the man will be charged with six counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and reckless conduct.

Milton Way is located near the intersection of Ga. Highways 212 and 20.