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Man accused of killing infant shot in face, neck by deputy outside church

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A man accused of killing an 18-month-old boy was shot in the neck, face and leg during a confrontation with DeKalb County deputies outside a church Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Nicholas Wade, 27, was in stable condition Thursday at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

He is accused of killing little Keon Belk, his girlfriend’s son, police said.

Investigators said Mr. Wade called 911 on Monday to report that the child was injured at the home he shares with his girlfriend at 7235 Swift Road. He allegedly told officials that the baby fell from a bed and struck his head, DeKalb County police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.

But the hospital called police to report the incident because the child’s injuries were inconsistent with what Mr. Wade reported, Capt. Fore said.

“The child had liver damage and a fracture to the skull,” Capt. Fore said.

Keon died from his injuries on Tuesday. And police issued warrants, charging Mr. Wade with murder and felony child cruelty.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies learned of the suspect and obtained information on Mr. Wade’s whereabouts at apartment complex off Farrington and Panola roads, officials said.

When deputies arrived, the suspect was getting into a car and they followed him onto the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Woodrow Road where they decided to box in the vehicle, forcing the driver to stop, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Kyle Jones said.

“He grabbed a shotgun and first pointed it at himself and then at one of the deputies,” Lt. Jones said.

The other deputy opened fire, shooting the suspect three times, the lieutenant said. The suspect allegedly did fire one shot, but it’s unclear if the shot was fired before after the other deputy opened fire, Lt. Jones said.

Neither of the deputies was injured in the incident.

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