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Floyd County officer shoots, wounds machete-wielding man

ROME, Ga. - A Floyd County police officer shot and wounded a man who came at him with a machete during a domestic dispute, authorities said.

Larry William Wright, 58, was taken to the hospital Thursday after being shot once in the abdomen, Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett said.

The incident began with an argument between Wright and his wife, police said.

Wright came home around 6 p.m. to find a bill for pest control on his door, Shiflett said. Wright got angry and began breaking things, prompting his wife to call police.

Police Capt. Tom Ewing arrived at the home and was met by Wright, who began throwing rocks at his car, Shiflett said.

When Ewing got out of his car, Wright went to the house and picked up the machete, Shiflett said.

''Mr. Wright started coming at him with the weapon. Tom told him to stop, but the guy kept coming,'' Shiflett said.

With the machete raised, Wright moved close to the officer. Ewing moved behind the car and again ordered the man to put the weapon down. When he did not, Ewing shot him.

Wright faces possible charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and other charges related to the domestic dispute, Shiflett said.

Officer Ewing, an 18-year veteran of the department, is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is standard when an officer uses his weapon.