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Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 11:24am

Widow Considers Suing Sheriff

The widow of a Toccoa area pastor killed in a police shooting is considering suing the Stephens County Sheriff's Department, according to a family friend.

Pastor Jonathan Ayers had left a Stephens County convenience store after using the ATM when undercover officers pulled aside him in a black Cadillac Escalade with guns showing.

The officers were conducting a drug investigation involving a still unidentified woman accompanying Ayers at the time.

There are conflicting reports whether the officers identified themselves. Ayers backed his car up, hitting an officer, and the officers responded by firing shots.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

A spokeman for Shoals Creek Baptist Church where Ayers ministered, says his wife is considering legal options against the Stephens County Sheriff's Department.

Roger Shirley, a spokesman for the church and Ayers family friend, says "I know they're going to do that. That's all I can say on

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

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