DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Douglasville Police have identified the shooter in the weekend fatal shooting in a Walmart parking lot as an off-duty ICE officer.
The shooting happened just before 1 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart in the 1000 block of Thornton Road.
According to Douglasville police, officers found 45-year-old Johnathan Liddell of Austell shot to death inside his vehicle. Police identify the man who shot him as O.L. Jones, an off-duty Department of Homeland Security ICE officer.
A spokesperson for ICE confirmed to FOX 5 Monday the officer's involvement in the shooting and said that the officer was off-duty and traveling in his own vehicle with his wife and children.
"On Feb. 17 an off-duty officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) discharged a personally owned firearm in Douglas County, Georgia, resulting in the death of one person,” ICE Southern Region Communications Director Brian Cox said in a statement.
“The ERO officer was not on duty at the time of the incident and was traveling in a personally owned vehicle with his wife and children. Douglasville police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident. Additionally, ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility investigates ICE officer-involved shootings in coordination with our law enforcement partners. Due to those ongoing investigations, no additional information is available at this time.”
Cox told FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes that as a rule, ICE officers involved in a shooting are not taken off of active duty as is the practice with local law enforcement agencies.
In a statement Monday, Douglasville Police Major J.R. Davidson said the shooting was recorded on parking lot surveillance video and investigators are continuing to interview witnesses about what led up to the shooting.
FOX 5's Alexa Liacko spoke to witnesses on Sunday who said they heard people arguing before shots were fired.
As of Monday, police had not filed any charges or made any arrests.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Douglasville Police Investigator Terrence Dukes at 678-486-1230.