“During the process of arresting Smith, officers discharged their weapons, shooting Smith,” the GBI said in a news release at the time. “Smith subsequently died from his injuries. No officers were injured. There was a gun located by Smith’s body.”
According to the DeKalb medical examiner’s report, Smith suffered only “superficial” wounds from fragmenting bullets and other shrapnel but died from a serious head wound.
The report also referenced the body camera footage released by DeKalb police, in which it said, “numerous ‘loud’ sounding gunshots are heard, then an isolated, muffled gunshot.” It lists Smith’s official manner of death as suicide.
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