Miles said officers located the suspect, identified as Matthew Chambers, 34, at a nearby bus stop and confronted him.
“When they went out with him, they had an exchange. During that time a deadly threat was presented. And unfortunately they had to draw their service weapons and fire upon him,” O’Hara said.
Chambers was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured, Miles said.
Akers Mill Road between Powers Ferry Road and Cumberland Boulevard was closed at 6:40 a.m. and did not reopen until the investigation wrapped up seven hours later.
Cobb County police investigators gather Friday morning on the scene of a shooting at an Akers Mill Road apartment complex. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Investigators are working to determine the motive behind the gunfire and the man’s connection to the apartment complex, O’Hara said.
Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Cobb shooting is the 71st such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.
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Fiona Simpson, a resident at Walton on the Chattahoochee, told AJC.com she woke up to police sirens and the sound of a helicopter overhead before receiving an alarming text alert from apartment management.
“Shots have been fired in the parking lot,” the 7:15 a.m. alert said. “The perpetrator is in custody.”
Simpson said a follow-up email instructed all residents to stay inside. People trying to leave for work were asked to return to their apartments.
Cobb police look for evidence after an officer-involved shooting at the Walton on the Chattahoochee apartment complex Friday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
“To be honest, it’s a bit frightening and not something I would have expected at Walton,” she said. “The complex is pretty quiet, and pretty much everyone knows their neighbors and looks out for each other. It’s a relatively young, diverse neighborhood and people are very social, so everyone has been messaging each other to check in and make sure people are OK.”
Management sent another text at 9 a.m., telling residents they could leave the complex.
Bus service was impacted by the police activity, according to the county. CobbLinc routes 50 and 108 were detoured while the road was shut down.
A Cobb police officer stands behind a ballistics shield and near a handgun outside the Walton on the Chattahoochee apartment complex on Akers Mill Road, where police were involved in a shooting with a suspect. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
It is the second officer-involved shooting in metro Atlanta this week after a man was shot by a Gwinnett officer near Lawrenceville after pointing a gun at police.