Man killed after being asked to leave Cobb apartment; shooting likely self-defense

A man was shot to death early Friday in Marietta after he appeared to be pulling a gun at a social gathering he had earlier been asked to leave, police said.

About 2:50 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Franklin Road, building 9, Marietta police spokesman Charles McPhilamy said. The woman who called 911 said she shot the man after he tried to force his way into her apartment.

The man, identified as Laurentis Forrest, 26, and two women were asked to leave the gathering about an hour before the shooting happened, witnesses told police.

“The witnesses stated the male returned an hour later and was enraged, demanding to be let back inside,” McPhilamy said. “They stated he began kicking the door and making verbal threats toward everyone inside, and that when they opened the door the male abruptly reached for his waistband as though he was drawing a firearm.”

A woman in the residence then drew her gun and shot Forrest multiple times, witnesses told police. Forrest was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting appears to be self-defense, McPhilamy said. The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed facts and witness statements. No charges have been filed.

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