GBI: Man dies after being shot by officer in Smyrna

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a deadly officer-involved shooting at a Smyrna apartment complex.

The shooting was reported in the 500 block of Spring Brook Trail, located at the Concord Chase Apartments before 7 a.m. Thursday.

Members of the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Organized Crime Task Force and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were executing a search warrant for drugs before dawn near Smyrna, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said, when an officer shot a man in the apartment. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Many people who frequent the complex were stunned this morning.

"Very surprised because I had my children and I didn't know if someone was laying outside dead or not because they had some yellow tape and I did see some blood out there," mom Tiffany Smith said.

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According to the GBI, one man was shot by police at the apartments when the Cobb county SWAT team was executing a narcotics search warrant.

The GBI has not said whether the man who was shot was armed. 

"It is sad. It is sad. I do not know details or why the man was shot or anything but it is sad when someone loses their life, right here at the holidays," Ms. Smith sighed.

No officers were injured.

The man’s name wasn’t being released until authorities notified relatives. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy.

The Cobb County district attorney will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against anyone involved after GBI completes its investigation.

It's the 92nd time GBI has been asked to investigate an officer shooting someone this year, according to the agency. There were 84 such shootings in 2019.

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