GBI: Suspect killed in Glennville attacked probation officer inside pawn shop

Crime & Safety

GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – Law enforcement officials say one person is dead and a probation officer has sustained minor injuries in an incident at E-Z Pawn on North Veterans Boulevard.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Thursday afternoon, a Department of Community Supervision Probation Officer was in the pawn shop waiting on another law enforcement officer to arrive. That’s when 39-year-old Riley Peay, a Glennville resident, attacked “without warning or reason,” the GBI says.

“Peay spat on and punched the officer, at which time the officer retreated from the suspect and drew his service weapon and gave verbal commands to the suspect to stop,” the GBI reports. “Peay continued his aggression to the officer and the officer fired at Peay to stop the attack.”

Officials say the officer then hit the suspect in the shoulder where he fired his weapon, but Peay continued his attack, prompting the officer to fire additional shots.

Authorities on scene at E-Z Pawn (Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service)

The second round of shots stopped Peay and he subsequently died at the scene.

The officer, who has not been identified, was injured in the face from punches by Peay and is in stable condition.

The Glennville Police Department and the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

The GBI will continue to investigate. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

The agency says this is the 53rd officer-involved shooting they’ve been requested to investigate this year.

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