Valdosta Daily Times

May 21, 2013

Officers wound man in shootout

Staff reports
The Valdosta Daily Times

LAKELAND — A Lanier County man was wounded Saturday during an exchange of gunfire with lawmen, according to a Lanier County Sheriff’s Office press release.

At 9 20 a.m., the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home on Ga. 135 North in reference to a complaint of a person with at least one firearm who was discharging the weapon and was possibly intoxicated, according to the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded and backup was summoned from the Georgia State Patrol; soon, the county sheriff, an off-duty sheriff’s investigator and two Georgia State Patrol troopers arrived, according to the press release.

Timothy Blanton, 41, made contact with the officers and shots were exchanged between the man and the officers, according to the sheriff’s office; Blanton was reportedly struck twice.

He was taken to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment and was in stable condition, according to the press release.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded to assist with the case.

Charges are pending on Blanton but no warrants have been taken yet, according to the press release.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said: “Our hearts go out to the families involved and we regret that such action had to be taken. It is a terrible situation but could have turned out much worse. We are very thankful for all the fire, EMS, hospital and law-enforcement professionals who responded and assisted in the unfortunate incident.”