The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to conduct an independent investigation into an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Adairsville.
Reports said the GBI was notified on January 2nd.
Authorities first reported that at 1:45 p.m., Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a trespass-in-progress call around Snow Springs Road and Big Oak Road, Adairsville, GA (in the area of the Rock Fence Hunting Club). Arthur William Smith, age 41, of Adairsville, GA, was living in a tent in the woods off the main road. As deputies approached Smith, he failed to comply with deputies’ commands and Smith picked up a rifle. Deputies shot Smith and he was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Smith’s rifle was recovered and determined to be a replica.
No deputies were injured during the incident.