RIVERDALE, Ga. - Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will perform an autopsy on the body of a man shot by Clayton County police.
Officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute at a home along West Fayetteville Road near King Road on Monday afternoon. Clayton County Chief Michael J. Register said the responding officer arrived to find Jabril Robinson, 23, who promptly ran away. The officer chased him, but briefly lost him.
Chief Register said Robinson then went to another home. The homeowner of that house told FOX 5 he saw Robinson in his yard.
"I saw a police officer chase him across my front lawn, I ran into my kitchen, about the same time the guy was standing just about in my kitchen," said Nick Garrett, who is a former police officer. "I had a quick fight with him, forced him back outside, kicked the door, locked it, saw the guy go into my storage shed."
Garrett said he notified officers right away and the officer was able to find Robinson at the second home. That's when Chief Register said the officer was forced to open fire the first time after Robinson aimed his gun at the officer. It is unclear if Robinson was struck by the fire before he took off again.
A second officer joined the pursuit, finding Robinson in an “offensive” position. Chief Register said it appeared Robinson had his gun aimed at the officers and that is when Robinson was shot.
"Policeman shot him at least seven or eight times," said a man who was working in a backyard and did not want to give his name. "It's no wonder we did not get shot because we were right there about 50 feet away."
Robinson was rushed to Southern Regional Medical Center in serious condition. A spokesperson for the GBI said the man later died. His autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
No officers were injured in the incident. The GBI was asked to handle the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.