The officer was injured during the incident.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary information indicates that at 6:26 p.m. Thursday, Marietta police officers were on patrol near the Motel 6 at 2360 Delk Road in Marietta. Officers approached a car and made contact with the people in it.
During the interaction, police say the driver, identified as 26-year-old Rafael Esteban Ramirez, of Atlanta, reversed his car, hitting a marked police car. Ramirez put the car in drive and accelerated, pinning an officer between the marked car and his own, and dragging and injuring the officer.
Officers fired their weapons at Ramirez, hitting him.
The officer was treated and released from Kennestone Hospital.
Ramirez was taken to Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case will be given to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office for review.
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