The GBI is investigating the 48th officer-involved shooting in Georgia this year, one that resulted in a man being shot multiple times and killed by police.
The latest incident occurred overnight in Kingsland in Camden County, about 335 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Thursday.
An officer pursued Anthony Marcell Green and his unidentified passenger after they ran from a vehicle stopped at Lily and North East streets, the GBI said in a statement
“Upon making contact with Green, a brief altercation occurred,” according to the statement. “The officer fired multiple shots, which resulted in the death of Green.”
The passenger has not been located and officials have not released any other details about the deadly incident.
WJAX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., a news station owned by the parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reported Green was the father of two.
At this rate, the GBI is on pace to match the 97 officer-involved shooting investigations from 2017.
During a six-hour period Tuesday, the GBI responded to three other officer-involved shootings in metro Atlanta. Two of them were deadly.
Police shootings have increased across the country so far this year, according to The Washington Post, which maintains a database of police shootings nationwide. So far this year, 491 people have been shot and killed by police, an increase of 24 over this time last year, according to the database. Veteran law enforcement officers say it’s due to the amount of weapons available and changing attitudes toward police.
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