Man armed with saw blade shot and killed by police outside Town Brookhaven

An armed man was shot and killed outside a popular shopping and entertainment plaza in Brookhaven.

The entrance to Town Brookhaven, just off Peachtree Street, was closed Monday evening after the encounter.

Brookhaven Police say officers got a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. reporting a man, who was armed with a knife and yelling at customers at the shopping center.

Officers were able to locate a man matching the description of that person.  Officials say when the officers went to speak with him, he became angry and threw his drink at them.

After a failed attempt to use a Taser, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the man ran at the officers. One of the officers fired, hitting the man at least once.  

The man was rushed to an area hospital.

"The suspect was pronounced deceased at the hospital when they got him to Grady. Lifesaving efforts on scene and they were transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries," said Brookhaven Police Department Chief Brandon Gurley. 

The GBI says the man was found to have been armed with a saw blade.

Authorities have not identified the suspect at this time pending the notification of his next of kin.

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Police investigate a shooting at Town Brookhaven on July 31, 2023. (FOX 5)

Residents, who did not want to speak with FOX 5 on camera, say this is very unusual activity for this area and was concerning to hear about. 

"It’s just kind of concerning because you feel like you have to have your head on a swivel at all times basically," one resident said.

Investigators say there is no threat to the public.

No officers were injured.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the officer-involved shooting. This is the 58th such case the state agency has been asked to probe this year.

The shooting comes as the city’s police department celebrated its 10th anniversary by unveiling a new badge.

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