DeKalb police shoot and kill 33-year-old man

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Below is a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation about an officer involved shooting in DeKalb County.


On Saturday, September 25, 2021, the GBI was requested by the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7:45 a.m., DKPD officers responded to calls of a man, later identified as Christan Smith, age 33, of Ellenwood, walking in the median on Interstate 20.

A DKPD officer transported Smith to the parking lot of a gas station on Candler Road in Decatur. While in the parking lot, officers learned that Smith had an active warrant for his arrest. During the process of arresting Smith, officers discharged their weapons, shooting Smith. Smith subsequently died from his injuries. No officers were injured. There was a gun located by Smith’s body. 

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.


Reminder: Crime stories contain only charges and information from police reports. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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