GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Wheeler County - UPDATE

May 2, 2019

UPDATE: The subject in this officer involved shooting has been identified as David Wayne West, 52, of Glenwood, GA.


Wheeler County, GA (May 2, 2019) – On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:15 pm, Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and the Oconee Drug Task Force attempted to serve a bench warrant at 106 Dry Branch Road, Glenwood, Wheeler County. When law enforcement arrived, officers observed the subject with a bench warrant outside the residence. The subject fled on a four-wheeler, and the law enforcement officers gave pursuit.  The subject fled into the woods and thereafter, the subject and one of the law enforcement officers were in a physical altercation.  During the incident, the law enforcement officer discharged his service weapon, striking the subject. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The officer involved sustained minor injuries.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation.  Once complete, it will be provided to the Wheeler County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Contact Information: 
Lindsey Wilkes - Special Agent in Charge