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**The Toombs County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release Tuesday morning:**


On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Region 12 Eastman Office to conduct an independent investigation of an officer involved shooting. No deputies were injured in this incident.

Preliminary information indicates at approximately 1:37 A.M., Toombs County Sheriff’s Office deputies were located 121 Rodney Stanley Road in Lyons, Georgia in reference to apprehending Rabul Valdez Jr. for outstanding warrants. Valdez has an extensive history involving domestic violence, theft, drug use and fleeing from law enforcement.

Upon deputies locating Valdez at the residence, Valdez produced a firearm and was shot once by a deputy. Valdez barricaded himself in the residence which led to a 4.5-hour standoff. Eventually, deputies were able to talk Valdez into surrendering. Valdez was taken into custody where he received medical treatment by EMS and transported to the hospital. Valdez sustained a superficial wound from the shooting and is in stable condition.

Upon completion of the investigation, the GBI will turn their findings over to the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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