A man was shot dead after he threw rocks at a police officer and then charged at him, according to US officials.

A sheriff’s deputy in Georgia killed Yassin Mohamed, 47, near the town of Claxton on Saturday.

Police were called just after midnight to reports of a man walking in the middle of a road and an Evans County sheriff’s deputy arrived to find Mohamed.

When he tried to speak Mohamed, investigators said he began throwing rocks, hitting the officer once. 

He then charged at the policeman with a larger rock and the unnamed deputy shot him.

Mohamed died before he could be taken to a hospital and his body was transferred to the nearest Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) crime lab for a post-mortem examination.

The deputy was not seriously injured.

The GBI said officers ‘had several encounters with him (Mohamed) over the previous 12 hours’.

The GBI added it was examining the shooting and the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney for review once completed, with a prosecutor to then decide whether to file charges.

It is the 38th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate so far this year.

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