Investigators name carjacking suspect killed by Atlanta police officer

The carjacking suspect shot and killed Friday by an Atlanta police officer has been identified as 29-year-old Reuben Hollis of College Park, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said Saturday.

Hollis died of gunshot wounds to his torso, the investigator said.

Atlanta police Friday were trying to determine if Hollis was involved in an earlier carjacking and robbery of two Georgia Tech students.

The shooting happened around 5 a.m., according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office, which confirmed to the AJC that it was a fatal shooting.

The shooting scene is in the 4500 block of Washington Road, at the entrance to the Vesta Gardens Apartment Community. A body was covered by a sheet just inside the entry to the apartment complex.

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Fulton County police Det. Melissa Parker, whose department is investigating the shooting because it happened outside the Atlanta city limits in unincorporated Fulton County, said a vehicle was pursued by Atlanta officers to the Washington Road location where the shooting occurred.

Two other people inside the suspect vehicle were arrested, Parker said. A weapon was recovered from the deceased suspect, she said.

Parker said the suspects were believed to have been involved an overnight carjacking in Atlanta, but she did not know whether it was the carjacking and robbery of two Georgia Tech students in the Home Park neighborhood.

Acting Atlanta police Chief George Turner said his investigators were "working to determine if this is associated with that particular robbery."

Turner said the officer that fired several shots, killing the suspect, has been on the force for about 8 or 9 years. The officer's name has not been released.

In the Georgia Tech incident, which happened shortly after midnight, a student was parking near McMillan Street when he noticed two men standing nearby on the sidewalk.

"As he parked his vehicle, he noticed that one of the males walked away, while the other male stayed," according to a crime alert sent to students by Georgia Tech police. "As the victim exited his vehicle, the male that stayed brandished a handgun and took the victim's vehicle. The victim was instructed to walk away from the area."

As the victim was walking on Lynch Street toward his home, he was approached by his roommate.

"At that time, the second male suspect reappeared and brandished a weapon," according to the alert. "He was joined by the first male suspect and both demanded the two victims' belongings."

Police described both suspects as black, in their early 20s and about 6 feet, 1 inch tall. One was wearing a dark jacket, the other a dark shirt with a white logo on the breast and dark jeans. Both were armed with a handgun.

The stolen car was a gold, four-door Honda Civic, with Georgia tag 8969 ARX.

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