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GBI investigating altercation involving Warren County official

NORWOOD, Ga. - Local and state authorities are investigating a dispute between a Norwood man and a Warren County commissioner that ended today in gunfire.

No one was injured and there have been no arrests stemming from an argument about noon between Warren County Commissioner Richard Burley Jr. and Dennis Cobbs, according to Sheriff Joe Peebles.

The sheriff said he requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the shooting, since it allegedly involved an elected official.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the GBI Region Office, said he had assigned Special Agent Steve Foster to the case.

"It is currently under investigation," Agent Nicholson said, saying that Mr. Burley had not yet been questioned. He is expected to be questioned on Friday.

At least one shot was fired into a car door following a reported argument between Mr. Burley and Mr. Cobbs, authorities said.

Sheriff Peebles said the shooting carried over from an argument between the two men that may have begun on Wednesday.

Web posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009

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