Girlfriend: Cop who shot DeKalb man never announced his presence

The girlfriend of a DeKalb County man shot by a cop responding to a 911 call said Friday she never heard the officer identify himself.

April Edwards, who had been stabbed in the arm by another man, said her boyfriend, Kevin Davis, was treating her wound when they heard three gun shots outside.

Davis’ pit bull then limped past their bedroom, Edwards said, and her boyfriend picked up his firearm and approached the front door of their Decatur apartment. At the time he was unaware the shooter was a police officer, Edwards said.

Then, three more shots, she said. When Edwards emerged from the back bedroom she saw Davis slumped over. On the other side of the open front door was DeKalb Police Officer Joseph Pitts.

“They shot me April,” Edwards said Davis told her. She then passed out, waking up in the hospital. Two days later, on Dec. 31, Davis was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The official account of what happened that night is much different.

“We have a witness who heard Pitts say to Davis, ‘Drop that gun,’ and we also have a witness that heard Pitts bang on the door and say, ‘Police,’” DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander told The AJC recently.

Edwards met Friday with the GBI, which is investigating the shooting.

For additional information, check myajc.com and tomorrow’s print edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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