Georgia Police Kill Black Man
A 25-year-old black man was fatally wounded by Georgia police Tuesday. Cobb County police say they “feared for their lives” which led them to open fire when attempting to serve a warrant to Nicholas Thomas at his place of employment. The department has not identified the man, but his family verified that it was in fact Thomas who died at the scene.
“When you go to serve a suspect who knows that he is wanted, he is unpredictable and we have to react based on his actions. That’s what we did today,” Sgt. Ed Cason with the Smyrna Police Department told WSB-TV2.
Investigators said police went to Goodyear Tire Co. to serve Thomas an arrest warrant for a probation violation near Cumberland Parkway and Paces Ferry Road around 1:30 p.m.
They said the man saw police and attempted to flee by jumping in a car and driving at them. But witnesses tell another story. “They were standing behind the car, opening fire. He wasn’t driving towards them,” Goodyear customer Brittany Eustache told the local news affiliate. She watched from inside the store just feet away.
Thomas’ father, Huey Thomas, just wants to know what happened. “I guess now, I just want to understand what happened, because I hear so often and here it is now. I’m a professional, my wife is a professional and we have a kid that’s dead.”
Thomas’ parents said he was working at the store to pay off fines associated with a traffic warrant. Police have yet to confirm that. They are still trying to determine how many of the six officers actually opened fire during the incident.
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