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GBI identifies suspect in Walton County shooting
Law enforcement stand by at the scene where a deputy shot a fleeing man near the Tara Commons neighborhood in Loganville, Ga., on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2019. - photo by Andrew Kenneson

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the man whom a sheriff’s deputy Tuesday in a bizarre confrontation off a busy highway.

The GBI said 19-year-old Hasani Romario Paisley, of Loganville, remained hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday, a day after he allegedly drew a gun at a Walton County deputy who chased him on foot on Georgia 81.

Paisley allegedly was dancing in the roadway and a deputy, who has not been identified, stopped to try and get Paisley off the road.

It happened at about 3:29 p.m. near Tara Commons. The deputy, who was in uniform on routine patrol, turned his vehicle around and activated his blue lights. Paisley reportedly ran from the deputy, leading to a foot chase. The deputy said over his radio the suspect had a gun, then the deputy fired his service weapon, striking Paisley.

The gun was found.

The GBI said the deputy has been placed on administrative leave with pay, per Walton County Sheriff’s Office policy.

After a review, the GBI will turn over its findings to District Attorney Layla Zon.