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JACKSON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Detectives with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a deadly officer involved shooting in Monroe County.
GBI officers and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies are trying to piece together what lead up to deputies shooting and killing a woman at a home on Martha Lane in Jackson Monday morning.
According to GBI agents on the case, the woman shot, now identified as 42 year-old Ida Christy Stiles, called 911 just before 11:00 am. Three Monroe County deputies responded to the call and when they couldn’t get her to come out of her home, they went inside.
That’s when they saw her with a pistol in-hand. Investigators later determined that what deputies thought was a pistol was actually a CO2 pistol in the style of a 357 revolver.
Family members say Stiles was diagnosed with a mental illness. According to the victim’s father, she wasn’t taking her medication. He believes deputies motioned for her to lower her weapon and when she didn’t, they fired.
A neighbor close to the family says her husband heard it all happen.
“He told me that he’d heard shouting and then he heard about six shots one right after another go ‘pow, pow pow, pow, pow’–then all this,” Cindy Parrish told 41NBC.
Parrish, a neighbor and family friend, says gun shots aren’t a sound they hear often in their quiet little town, so when they heard those six shots, they knew something terrible happened.
“Sickening–especially when we found out it was a cop shooting. Everybody knew ‘Christy’ around here and knew that she was mentally ill. She had just gotten out of the hospital,” she explained.
GBI investigators say Stiles was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.