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Ga. deputies shoot man in chase after rural mail carrier killed

Authorities say sheriff’s deputies pursuing leads in the killing of a rural mail carrier in northeast Georgia shot and injured a man after a chase.
Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 7:26 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 11:45 AM EDT
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COMMERCE, Ga. - A suspect is in custody in Banks County after a postal worker was shot and killed while delivering mail over the weekend, leading to a shoot-out between police and the suspect.

Banks County sheriff’s deputies responded just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of a shooting.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement posted on Facebook that Asa “Junior” Wood, 59, had been shot while delivering mail and later died from his injuries.

Deputies later spotted a vehicle identified for a person of interest.

The sheriff’s office says deputies disabled the vehicle during a chase, and the drive came out shooting.

The sheriff’s office says deputies returned fire, and the man suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help on the case.

The deputies involved in the shoot-out are on administrative leave during the investigation.

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