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Bleckley Sheriff: Baseball Bat Theft Led to Fatal Shooting

Friday's fatal shooting of a Cochran man by a Bleckley County deputy started with a dispute over a stolen baseball bat. 

Sheriff Harold Lancaster says the suspect, 31-year-old Rasheen Wright, stole a bat and other athletic equipment then tried to resell it online.

"He was trying to dispose of stuff that he had taken from this guy originally, and then found out he was trying to sell it back to him," says Lancaster.

The original owner, Lancaster says, saw the ad and responded, initially unaware it was for the equipment that had been stolen from him. 

Before his meeting with Wright at the corner of Oak and Dykes Streets, the owner contacted authorities, suspicious the equipment he agreed to buy was already his own. 

Two deputies accompanied the owner and tried to arrest Wright there, the sheriff says, but he resisted. The deputies succeeded in placing one handcuff on Wright, but he continued to struggle. That led to a deputy using a taser to attempt subduing Wright.

That's when Lancaster says Wright pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the deputy who deployed the taser. The second deputy then shot and killed Wright.

Wright's brother George said he was there that night and doesn't recall his brother carrying a gun.

The GBI is investigating the shooting.


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