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As reported by  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

A man suspected of killing his girlfriend’s toddler was shot by a DeKalb County deputy Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

According to Lt. Kyle Jones with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were pursuing Nicholas Clarence Wade on a murder warrant.

“They were able to track the subject to this church,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Wade, 27, of Lithonia, is accused of killing an 18-month-old boy Monday, according to a police report.

Wade’s girlfriend, Jillian Belk, told police she left her son, Keon Belk, with Wade shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, the police report states. Wade later called his girlfriend from Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with the toddler, according to police.

Wade told Belk the child was having difficulty breathing, so he called 911. The boy was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, the police report states. The toddler, who later died, had a cracked liver and fractured skull, according to police.

On Wednesday, Wade, who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, pointed the gun at himself then at the deputy, prompting another deputy to shoot him, DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown said. The deputies were not injured.

A spokesman for the church said the “shooting is completely unrelated to New Birth.”

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