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GBI: Man didn’t reach for handgun before DeKalb Police shot him

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GBI: Man didn’t reach for handgun before DeKalb Police shot him

A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — The GBI continues to investigate the fatal shooting of a man by a DeKalb County Police officer.

The shooting occurred on Nov. 4 in Stone Mountain at 11 p.m. Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle parked in a driveway along Autumn Crest Court in Stone Mountain. According to GBI, as officers were conducting their investigation “they encountered a man inside the home.”

The initial report by GBI says, “The officers identified themselves and issued commands.  The man did not comply, reached for a nearby handgun and was shot by the officers. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.”

The man was identified as Marando Salmon, 36.

Now, the GBI says officers didn’t see the man reach for a gun.

“The initial GBI statement indicated that Salmon reached for a nearby handgun before he was shot by officers,” the GBI says. “Further investigation has determined that an officer opened a bedroom door, and Salmon threw an object at the officer.  Although the officer did not see Salmon touch a firearm, he was reaching for a nearby item. Later, agents recovered a handgun from the room he was in.”

As is standard procedure, the GBI will turn its case file over to the DeKalb County District Attorney for review once the investigation is finished.

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