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Thursday October 22nd, 2020 10:37AM

Police check on sleeping man leads to brief chase, shooting

By The Associated Press

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A man found sleeping was shot by deputies after they say he tried to run them over.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the shooting happened after 2 a.m. Sunday.

A Coweta County deputy noticed 34-year-old Nicholas Bolton sleeping in the back seat of his car in a Newnan parking lot. After Bolton refused to get out or produce his license, deputies say he climbed into the front seat and started the car, disobeying commands not to leave.

A deputy blocked Bolton's car, spinning it. A second deputy tried to box in Bolton. The first deputy concluded Bolton was trying to run over the second deputy and shot Bolton once through the windshield.

Bolton was hospitalized in critical condition.

The state investigation will be reviewed by Coweta County's district attorney.

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