A gun found near the man who was shot and killed by Atlanta officers “appeared to have been discharged,” the GBI said Sunday.
The man was identified as Jeremiah Perdue, 33, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement.
About 4:37 a.m., officers went to the area of the 1000 block of Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta in response to a 911 call, the GBI said. A person said a family member had pointed a gun at them.
Officers found Perdue and tried to stop him.
“At some point, Perdue was observed with a firearm and officers discharged their weapons, fatally striking Perdue,” Miles said.
“A firearm was located near the subject and appeared to have been discharged,” the statement said.
The GBI is investigating, which is standard in use-of-force cases.
“Our officers fired,” Atlanta police Capt. David Villaroel said soon after the incident, “maybe as many as four officers. That will be determined by the GBI.
“Whether the suspect fired or not, that will be determined by the GBI.”
This is the 58th officer-involved shooting investigation in Georgia this year, Miles said.
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