GBI investigating Cobb police shooting that left man dead

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Officer-involved shooting leaves man dead in Mableton community

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Cobb County police shot and killed a man they say was firing a gun at family members inside a home in Mableton, according to the GBI.

Officers were called to a home in the Heritage Lake subdivision about a domestic dispute just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The caller told 911 dispatchers that the man, later identified as 41-year-old Cesar Anthony Pena, was shooting inside the house.

Responding officers heard gunshots and SWAT team members were then called, the release states. Sometime later, Pena stepped onto the front porch with a shotgun, and two officers shot him, authorities said. Pena was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News that Pena, who lived at the home, had been displaying erratic behavior the night before. Cellphone and home surveillance footage shared with the news station showed police focusing on the man’s home with their weapons drawn. In one of the videos, an officer says a woman inside the home called 911 multiple times and hung up, according to Channel 2.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation.

Saturday’s incident was the 58th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate this year.

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.