GBI identifies man who shot at Paulding County deputies during traffic stop

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a shooting involving deputies after a Sunday morning traffic stop turned into a shootout.

GBI officials identified Billy Wayne Denton, 36, of Rockmart as the man involved in the shootout with Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

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Just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, deputies performed a traffic stop on Denton at the intersection of Macland Road and Bobo Road in Dallas, Georgia.

Officials said Denton fled the scene, and deputies chased him.


The chase ended at West Memorial Drive near Bolton Furniture store. There, officials say Denton again exchanged gunshots with deputies.

Officials say Denton was then taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police also recovered a handgun from Denton’s vehicle.

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The GBI is conducting an independent investigation and once complete, the case will be given to the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office for review.