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Man shot at Georgia State Patrol post in Hall County


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- One person was shot at Georgia State Patrol Post Six in Hall County Monday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 21-year-old Leighton Beaux Marchetta drove up to the building at around 8 a.m. He was armed with a .30-06 Ruger hunting rifle.

Marchetta got out of his truck and yelled to two troopers standing outside, saying something like, "You guys are going to have to kill me," according to the GBI.

Marchetta approached the troopers, who took cover. He fired a shot and ignored a trooper who told him to drop the weapon.

The GBI said after a second shot, Trooper Steve Thompson - a 15 year veteran officer - returned fired once striking him in the shoulder.

Marchetta was taken into custody and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment. Investigators said he appeared to be intoxicated during the incident.

"We were fortunate," Captain Keith Canut said. The high-powered rifle that was used would have easily penetrated a vest."

And because of that, officials were aware that this incident could have easily turned deadly.

No troopers were hurt in the shooting, according to the GSP, but the incident did grab the attention of passersby as officers rolled in from other agencies.

"The big armored truck was racing down this way and just cut through traffic and basically he just zipped around me and I knew something big was going on," witness John Moses said.

11Alive has learned there was some sort of domestic disturbance Sunday night involving Marchetta and someone did call 911. But there is no word on if that's what triggered him to show up at the Georgia State Patrol's command post.

Marchetta is facing two counts of aggravated assault for his actions against the two troopers.


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