Four Monroe County deputies who shot and killed a Martha Lane woman suffering from mental health issues in October 2018 were officially cleared of any wrongdoing after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) probe.
Towaliga Circuit District Attorney Jonathan Adams notified Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman in a one-page letter dated May 28, 2019 that evidence collected by the GBI indicated that Deputies Thomas Haskins, Jake Justice, Nicolas Ortiz and Jeff Wilson “acted appropriately and lawfully in order to ensure the safety of themselves and others.”
GBI autopsy results issued by Associate Medical Examiner Andrew Koopmeiners indicated that 42-year-old Ida Christy Stiles was shot five times by deputies inside the bedroom of her home at 149 Martha Lane on Oct. 29, 2018. Stiles phoned 9-1-1 for help regarding an alleged assault, but the four deputies who responded were unable to get Stiles to come to the door. When 9-1-1 contact ceased, the four deputies then entered Stiles’ home, where they found her in a bedroom pointing a replica firearm at the deputies. After deputies unsuccessfully asked Stiles to lower her gun, Haskins, Justice and Ortiz discharged their service weapons, hitting Stiles once in the left arm and chest, twice in the abdomen, once in the back and once on the right lower leg.
The report indicated that Stiles, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had a history of schizophrenia. However, Stiles reportedly refused to take medication to treat her schizophrenia, and a search of her home did not turn up any medications.