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August 24-- On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Glennville Police Department and the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred in the city of Glenville.

Preliminary information indicates that a Department of Community Supervision Probation Officer was in a local pawn shop and waiting on another law enforcement officer to arrive.

Riley Eugene Peay, 39, of Glennville, GA, walked into the business and attacked the probation officer without warning or reason. 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. Peay continued his aggression to the officer and the officer fired at Peay to stop the attack.

Although the officer hit the suspect in the shoulder area when he initially fired his weapon, Peay continued his attack on the officer causing the officer to fire additional shots to stop the attack. The suspect was incapacitated by the second round of shots and subsequently died at the scene.

The officer received injuries to the face from the punches by Peay. 

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. When the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.