On June 26, just before 4 p.m., a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on regular patrol in the north end of the county. The deputy was checking an undeveloped subdivision on Hopewell Road near Hubbard Town Road and observed a parked dark in color pick-up truck. When the deputy drove by the truck, he observed a male later identified as 46 year-old Jeffery Todd Nielson of Cumming, holding a rifle. As the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, Nielson also exited. Nielson then made the rifle ready to fire by working a lever action and pointed the rifle at the deputy. The deputy drew his sidearm and fired, striking Nielson.
Nielson was given immediate medical aid and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. He is expected to recover and is stable condition at this time.
The deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure for these incidents. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting.