AFRICANGLOBE – A naked man who was apparently unarmed was shot and killed by a police officer on Monday at an apartment complex in Chamblee, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, the authorities said.
The man was shot by a police officer who had responded to calls about a man acting deranged, knocking on doors and running naked through the Heights at Chamblee, Cedric L. Alexander, the DeKalb County deputy chief operating officer for public safety, said in a news conference.
The officer, who has been on the force for seven years, fired two shots at the man in a parking lot after the obviously mentally ill man allegedly charged at him and ignored his commands to stop, Mr. Alexander said. It appeared the man was unarmed, he said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is examining the shooting.
Both shots struck the man, and he died at the scene, Mr. Alexander said. He was identified as Anthony Hill, 27. The officer involved was placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation, Mr. Alexander said.
The shooting on Monday occurred amid a national debate over race, crime and law enforcement officers’ use lethal force in encounters with civilians. Mr. Hill was Black, and the officer who shot him is white, Mr. Alexander said.
It was not clear what had led the officer to shoot Mr. Hill. Mr. Alexander said that the officer had been equipped with a Taser, but that he did not know whether the officer had used the device.
The shooting was the third fatal police shooting since Friday of a Black man who was unarmed. Tony Robinson, 19, was killed by a police officer in Madison, Wis., on Friday during a scuffle inside an apartment. The same day, a police officer in Aurora, Colo., shot and killed Naeschylus Vinzant, 37.
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