7 officers shot at man in Georgia charging them with gun

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say seven police officers in Georgia fired on and killed a man who charged at them with what they later learned was an airsoft gun.

Athens-Clarke County Police said they were called to a home Friday night about and armed man.

Police said the officers demanded 34-year-old Thomas Swinford drop the gun, but instead he ran toward them, pointing the gun their direction.

Police said in a news release seven officers fired at Swinford, who died a short time later at the hospital.

Authorities say Swinford had an airsoft gun.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the shooting probe.

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