TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Troup County early Wednesday morning.
Troup County Sheriff's Office says they responded to Lower Big Springs Road around 2:13 a.m. after a male caller later identified as Roger Dale Sims, called Troup County 911 and stated that he had just shot his wife.
When deputies arrived along with officers with the LaGrange Police Department, they encountered Roger Sims standing on his front porch holding two handguns. Deputies said the instructed him to "put the guns down".
Sims then walked into the yard and fired the guns into the ground. He was again given verbal commands to put the guns down. At that point he put one of the guns on a truck parked in the yard and put the other gun to his head; again he was given verbal commands to put the gun down.
Sims then pointed the gun in the direction of the deputies and officers and they fired at Sims striking him several times. Sims was taken by ambulance to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
It was discovered after the shooting that Sims' wife had actually passed away 14 months ago in an automobile accident.
Sheriff James Woodruff was on scene shortly after the incident and met spoke with Sims' family members and his father-in-law stated: "officers did everything they could to get him to put the guns down."
"The officers and deputies did exactly what they are trained to do in these unfortunate situations and I am grateful for them and the LaGrange Police Department," said Sheriff James Woodruff.
Officials said Sims had no previous criminal record, leaving people who knew him speechless over what happened.
"I was really shocked about what was going on, and later found out what had happened. It kind of threw me for a loop," said Robert Honohan, a neighbor of Sims.
"It really shocked me. Mr. Roger was a really nice man. We talked a lot about different things. I think he was going through a lot losing his wife a year ago," said Glenn Payne, who lives in Troup County.
Glennes Payne says she knew 56-year old Sims for over three years.
Payne says she'll never fully understand why things ended the way it did.
"He snapped, I think he just snapped and didn't know what to do," said Payne.
None of the responding deputies or officers were injured in this incident.
The scene was secured and as protocol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was notified to conduct an investigation into the shooting incident.
This is an active investigation.
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