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LULA, Ga. --
A suspect was shot to death and a sheriff's deputy was injured after an hour-long standoff near an elementary school in north Georgia Monday, authorities said.
The school, Lula Elementary, was locked down after a witness saw a man with a gun walking on a street that runs behind the school. An off-duty officer was called to the scene. The man pointed a gun at him then fled, Hall County Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.
The man then barricaded himself inside his home - an RV camper - a few blocks from the school. Sargent said "several" shots were fired but he did not know who fired first.
The deputy, who was not identified, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with a gunshot wound in his arm. The injury is not life threatening, Sargent said.
The suspect died from a gunshot wound shortly after arriving at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Sargent said. Hospital officials identified him as 65-year-old Herbert Tate.
Sargent says authorities do not believe the man intended to harm the school.
"There was no indication the person was headed to the school," he said standing near the scene of Monday's shootout.
The school lockdown was lifted early Monday afternoon. School officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Students have only been in class there for a few days; the school year began in Hall County on Thursday.

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