“31-Year-Old Charles Rice Killed After Firing at Deputies in Walton County Chase”

By | August 9, 2023



A 31-year-old man was shot and killed by deputies after firing at them during a chase in Walton County, Georgia. The incident started with an attempted traffic stop of an SUV with cancelled insurance. The driver refused to stop and led the deputies on a chase into Rockdale County. The SUV was eventually stopped and the driver got out and ran. Deputies tased him, but he pulled out a firearm and fired at them. The deputies returned fire, killing the driver. A female passenger in the SUV was unharmed. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case. 11Alive Staff reported

The incident originated with an unsuccessful attempt to stop a vehicle in Walton County late on Tuesday night. As stated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a 31-year-old man was fatally shot after shooting at deputies at the conclusion of a pursuit. The GBI reported that the event commenced with an effort to pull over an SUV in Walton County that had its insurance cancelled. The driver of the SUV, according to the GBI, declined to stop and instead accelerated away from the deputies, resulting in a chase that extended into Rockdale County. Eventually, the SUV was immobilized using a PIT maneuver on Haralson Mill Road. The GBI stated that the driver, identified as 31-year-old Charles Rice from Covington, exited the SUV and attempted to flee. Deputies deployed a taser on Rice, who then drew a firearm from his waistband and fired at the deputies. In response, the deputies returned fire, striking Rice and causing his death. The GBI noted that there was also a female passenger in the SUV who was unharmed. The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the GBI in the investigation of the shooting. It is unclear whether Walton County deputies were still involved in the pursuit or present at the scene at the time of the shooting. The GBI stated that once the investigation is concluded, it will be handed over to the Rockdale County District Attorney’s Office for review..