GBI investigating officer-involved shooting in Pickens

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Talking Rock, Georgia (September 20, 2020) – On Saturday, September 19, 2020, at approximately 11:40 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 11 a.m., the Pickens County 911 Center received a trespass call at a residence in Talking Rock, Georgia.  The subject was identified by the 911 caller as Derek Cooper, 52, of Acworth, Georgia.  The caller indicated there was a restraining order against Cooper and that Cooper attempted to kill his wife during a domestic incident this week.  Cooper was in fact out on bond for the domestic violence incident with conditions of no contact with his wife and children.  The wife, children and another family member were hiding inside the residence.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence to find Cooper in the back yard.  A deputy gave Cooper verbal commands at which time Cooper brandished a firearm and fired at the deputy.  Cooper then attempted to make entry into the residence by force and armed with a gun.  The deputy fired at Cooper, striking him.  Lifesaving measures were performed on Cooper by deputies until Pickens County Fire Services arrived to take over his care.  Cooper was transported to an area hospital for treatment where he died as a result of his injuries.  The autopsy with the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office is pending.

The involved officer was not injured in this incident.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

This is the 70th officer-involved shooting that the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2020.  The GBI has been requested to investigate a total of 71 OIS’s in 2020.

Original Article from 9/19/2020 below:

JASPER, Ga – Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Pickens County on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
The incident occurred on Saturday morning in response to a domestic incident. A Pickens Sheriff’s Office Deputy encountered an armed suspect and shots were fired by the suspect and law enforcement officer.

During the shooting, the suspect was struck and has been transported to a local hospital. The deputy was not injured.

PCSO isn’t releasing any additional details at this time.

Authorities arrest alleged child molestation suspect

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Michael Case

JASPER, Ga. – According to reports from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a fugitive, Michael Case, was located and arrested on the evening of August 8.

The 37-year-old, white male led authorities on a two-day hunt with multiple law enforcement agencies working together to locate the suspect. Local agencies and the GBI took to social media asking for the public’s help in finding Case on Saturday, August 8.


Michael Travis Case was arrested in Fannin County, Ga.

Arrest warrants were issued over the weekend as authorities were seeking Case for aggravated child molestation, incest, and statutory rape charges. Authorities had requested help from the public for information or whereabouts him.

However, early this morning, August 9, authorities updated social media posts saying that Case had been apprehended. Pickens County Sheriff’s Office added that he was in custody in Fannin County, where he was last seen.

According to GBI, they were requested to aid Pickens County Sheriff’s Office in a child abuse investigation on August 4, 2020. That investigation is still ongoing. However, warrants were issued for him and authorities began the search later in the week.

Efforts involved Sheriff’s Offices from several counties including Cherokee County, Fannin County, Gilmer County, and Pickens County alongside the Georgia Department of Corrections and GBI.

Case is a Gilmer County resident but was last seen in Blue Ridge as authorities said when beginning the search. He was apprehended late on August 8, 2020.

****UPDATE: Michael Case was arrested on the evening of August 8.****

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Posted by Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Saturday, August 8, 2020

Fetch Your News will update this story as more information becomes available. Please remember that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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