A man is expected to recover after DeKalb County police shot him outside a convenience store, officials said Monday.
The incident happened shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday at a QuikTrip in the 3800 block of North Decatur Road, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.
A store employee called police and said there was a man, later identified as 62-year-old Kenneth Anthony Howard of Decatur, outside the building with his pants down, Miles said. An officer at the scene told him to leave, she said.
That’s when Howard pulled out a knife and “proceeded to advance towards the officer,” she said.
The officer opened fire, hitting the man, Miles said. Howard was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and DeKalb police issued warrants for his arrest on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.
The officer was not injured.
This isn’t Howard’s first brush with the law. According to court records, he was sentenced to prison on an aggravated stalking charge in DeKalb. He served one year behind bars in 2002 and four years on probation, records show.
The GBI is investigating the shooting. It’s the 43rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2020.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.
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