GBI: Man with rifle spotted near homicide scene shot, killed by police; 1 officer injured

A homicide investigation ended with a man killed by DeKalb County officers after he fired shots at them, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

The deadly shooting happened Monday night at the Shell gas station off Welborn Road and Covington Highway. Police blocked off the intersection for the investigation.

According to the GBI, DeKalb police responded to a homicide off Cedar Croft Court in Lithonia around 8:30 p.m.

Police said they were searching for someone connected to the homicide when they spotted a man armed with a rifle a mile away at the gas station. The GBI said the man began shooting at officers and hit several police cars and a civilian’s car.

The officers returned fire and shot the man. He died at the scene. His name has not been released.

Neighbors said that they heard several gun shots around 8:45 p.m. One witness says she heard 10 to 15 shots and that she saw someone shooting from a car.

“Me and my daughter instantly called 911,” she said.

A tow truck left with the police cars riddled with bullets around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. At around 8 a.m., Triple Team Traffic’s Smilin’ Mark McKay reported that the intersection is open again.

The GBI said it will conduct an independent investigation in the officer shooting and turned it over to the district attorney’s office when it is completed.

This is the 106th officer involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2022 and the second one on Monday. Clayton County police called the GBI to investigate after one of their officers shot and killed a 19-year-old accused of stealing a car.





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