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Ga. father-to-be wasn't target of drug sting

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a young Georgia pastor is dead after being shot by agents from a drug task force.

They say the 28-year-old was trying to drive away as plainclothes officers approached him at a gas station. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman says Jonathan Ayers wasn't targeted in the drug probe. But agents opened fire after Ayers tried to avoid them, put his car in reverse and struck one of the agents.

The GBI spokesman says officers wanted to ask Ayers about a passenger he'd dropped off at a store. The passenger was the one under investigation.

The spokesman says Ayers died Thursday. He says the agent who was hit by Ayers' car has been treated for minor injuries.

A relative says Ayers and his wife had recently led their church's first mission trip to Africa. Ayers' widow is expecting a baby.

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