The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by to investigate an officer-involved shooting on Sunday, May 13th.

Preliminary information from Franklin County authorities indicates that about 10:00 p.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance.

When deputies arrived, they located one person with a gunshot wound. Deputies learned other individuals were in the residence and were likely injured as well. It was determined that James Brian Kay, 54, of Martin, had shot multiple people with a shotgun.

During the incident, Kay came out of the house with a shotgun and fired in the direction of a marked patrol car. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Justice fired one round which struck Kay. Kay was pronounced dead at the scene.

In total, three people were found shot at the residence, all with serious wounds.  The three were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC.  An 11-year-old was also present at the time of the shooting, but hid inside the residence and was not shot.

An autopsy on Kay will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur. The GBI will continue its independent investigation.  Once completed, the case will be submitted to the District Attorney of the Northern Judicial Circuit for review.

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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