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UPDATE: Man shot by deputy faced DUI charges

UPDATE:  Family members say Nery Alfredo Lemus may have been bipolar and suffering trauma after a violent home invasion two years ago. Click here for the full story.


(Dec. 15, 2010, 3:36 a.m.) Nery Alfredo Lemus was booked into the Rockdale County jail several times over the last three years with charges such as DUI, driving with a suspended license, public drunkeness, and probation violation. Lemus was also arrested in DeKalb County in December 2009 with a DUI charge and was charged in June 2010 with failure to appear.


(Dec. 10, 2010, 4:42 p.m.) GBI investigators have released the name of the man that was shot and killed in a confrontation with a deputy on Thursday: Nery Alfredo Lemus, 31, of Frontier Drive, Conyers. The name of the deputy has not been released.


(Dec. 10, 2010, 12:15 p.m.) According to RCSO incident reports, deputies were dispatched to 93 Frontier Drive around 1:15 a.m. for disturbance call when something was thrown through the window.

The responding deputy saw a Hispanic male in the front yard holding a board in his hand. The deputy ordered him to drop the board but the man did not.

According to the report, the man charged at the deputy, who shot and struck him. The man turned and ran away, dropping the board.

The deputy "continuted to give verbal commands to the suspect. The suspect then ran over and picked the board back up and started running towards" the deputy. The deputy fired and struck the man again, who fell in the roadway.

Emergency medical personnel administered aid and took the man to Rockdale Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.


(Dec. 10, 2010, 7 a.m.) The man was reportedly shot at least twice, according to reports on WSB-TV. The man was wounded the first time and ran away. He reportedly returned and was shot again and killed when he allegedly charged the deputy.

GBI spokesperson John Bankhead declined to comment on the case, saying it was an ongoing investigation.


(Dec. 9, 2010, 1:58 p.m.) One man was fatally shot by a Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputy during a confrontation in the early morning hours on Thursday, according to an RCSO press release. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported to Rockdale Medical Center and was pronounced dead.

The deputy responded to a disturbance at a residence on Frontier Drive around 1 a.m. and made contact with a subject outside the home who was swinging a 3-to-4 foot piece of wood. The man reportedly ignored commands to drop the piece of wood and charged toward the deputy with it raised in his hand. The deputy fired and struck the man. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was not injured in the incident. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigation, as part of standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.  

Sheriff Jeff Wigington requested an investigation into the incident by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is also standard procedure for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The GBI responded to the scene.

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