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Deputy kills man trying to harm family


Derek Cooper of Acworth was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding. Cooper had recently been released on bond and had a restraining order against him. 

Statement from a family member present during Saturday’s fatal shooting:

     "Without the heroic actions of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputy, this traumatic event could have ended very differently, with the loss of an entire family. We are forever grateful for the deputy’s quick actions and the support from the entire Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. We hope that anyone in an abusive relationship finds the strength to seek help before it is too late."

     A Pickens Deputy shot and killed an armed man trying to break into a Twin Mountain Lakes home where his wife and children were hiding Saturday. The man had been arrested last week  in Bartow County on domestic violence charges including threats to kill his wife.

According to the GBI investigation the man, Derek Cooper, 52, of Acworth, had a restraining order against him and brandished a gun and shot at the deputy who gave a verbal command for him to stop in the yard of the home where relatives of the wife lived.

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