MOULTRIE, Ga. — A man shot by Moultrie police Wednesday remains in stable condition, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said late Friday afternoon.

The GBI said it is continuing to conduct interviews and gather evidence in the shooting of 50-year-old Bernard Lynn Patterson.

Moultrie police were called to 1402 West Blvd. late Wednesday afternoon to a report of a man threatening his father and another person with a knife, according to a statement from the GBI on Thursday.

When officers arrived, Patterson confronted them with a deer rifle, the GBI said.

“After hours of attempting to get him to put the gun down, during which time he pointed the rifle at officers several times, it is believed he pointed the rifle and fired at least one round at the officers and they returned fire,” the statement said.  

Patterson was struck at least once and was taken by helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital.

Special Agent in Charge Jamy Steinberg of the GBI’s Thomasville office told The Observer by email Friday that investigators are still working to determine how many shots were fired and by whom.

In prior cases, officers involved in a shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave during the GBI’s investigation. Steinberg said the GBI does not get involved in whether officers are suspended or put on leave by their agency, so he could not say whether that was the case in this incident.

Calls to the Moultrie Police Department did not go through.

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