Madison Co. man suspected of killing postal worker wounded in shootout with deputies


Larry Steven Grogan

By Joe Johnson

A Madison County man suspected of killing a postal worker in Banks County on Saturday reportedly was shot and wounded after he opened fire on deputies later that day.

According to the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Asa (Junior) Wood of Commerce was delivering mail in Homer at about 9:30 a.m. when he was fatally shot.

During the course of the investigation, leads were developed that established 49-year-old Larry Steven Grogan as a possible suspect, and when deputies later spotted Grogan’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, Grogan fled until his vehicle was disabled by a deputy who performed a PIT maneuver, causing the vehicle to crash.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Grogan got out of the vehicle and fired a rifle at two deputies, who returned fire and wounded the suspect.

The deputies were not injured and Grogan was transported to the hospital for treatment, the GBI said.

There are several pending charges against Grogan, according to the GBI, which said the agency will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting and provide it to the Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

The Banks County Sheriff's Office is investigating Wood's death with the US Postal Service inspectors, the GBI, and the Banks County Coroner's Office.

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