Cobb police shoot man at Red Roof Inn during child trafficking investigation

SMYRNA — A 29-year-old man was shot by police during an investigation into child trafficking at the Red Roof Inn in Smyrna.

The Cobb County Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was conducting a child trafficking investigation that led them to the possible location of a victim at the Red Roof Inn at 1190 Winchester Parkway in Smyrna.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, investigators were located outside of a hotel room at the Red Roof Inn. Investigators knocked on the door and a young female opened the door. Inside the room were two young females with Atwon White, of Williamson.

Police say when White saw the investigators, he pointed a handgun at the officers and ran out the room and into the parking lot. In the parking lot, he allegedly pointed the handgun at a uniformed Cobb police officer, at which time, the officer shot White once with his issued rifle.

White was treated on the scene and transported to Kennesaw Hospital. White is reported to be in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

No officers were injured during the incident. The two females were successfully rescued and are being assisted by the police department. The police say they will also continue to conduct the trafficking investigation.

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

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