Another machete wielding man shot, GBI investigating

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents are investigating an officer involved shooting from Feb. 15 in Chamblee that left a man—who was allegedly wielding a machete—in critical condition.

Atlanta resident and 22-year-old Tyrese Markee Simon was shot and two officers and two firefighters were injured in this incident, according to a news release from GBI.

Preliminary information indicates that during the afternoon on Feb. 15, Chamblee Police Department received a call for service to a Wal-Mart in reference to a man in the pharmacy area with a weapon. GBI reported that the man was later identified as Simon.

The news release states that dispatch advised the responding officer that the suspect was armed with a machete.

Before the responding officer got to Wal-Mart, she reportedly saw Simon and contacted him on Chamblee-Tucker Road.

The news release states that she gave him verbal commands to stop and show his hands, but that Simon continued to walk away from the officer while concealing his hands.

The news release continues: “Simon walked into the middle of Chamblee-Tucker Road, beneath the elevated MARTA railway, pulled out a machete, turned and faced the officer with the blade in hand, and charged towards the officer. The officer shot Simon multiple times.”

The news release also states that two officers and two firefighters were injured as part of a group of first responders providing medical aid to Simon, and that Simon “remained combative” before being taken to the hospital in critical condition.

GBI agents will conduct an independent investigation before giving the case file to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.

This is the second GBI investigation since the start of 2023 involving a man wielding a machete on Chamblee-Tucker Road.

In January 2023, Doraville Police Department officers also reported an incident where a man was shot by an officer after brandishing a machete and taking control of a police car.

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