DKPD officers indicted in Stone Mountain shooting

Two former DeKalb County Police Department officers were indicted on Feb. 28 in the shooting death of a man inside his Stone Mountain home.

Former DKPD Officer Russell Mathis, 30, was indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury on charges of felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless conduct. The jury also indicted DKPD officer Jordan Vance, 30, on a charge of reckless conduct.

The charges stem from the Nov. 4, 2022 shooting of Marando Salmon, 37, inside a home on Autumn Crest Court in Stone Mountain.

According to the preliminary investigation, Mathis and Vance responded to a call about a stolen car parked in the driveway of a home on Autumn Crest Court.  As part of their investigation, Vance knocked on the front door of the house—which reportedly swung open—and Mathis and Vance entered the home.

A news release states that Mathis opened the door of a second-floor bedroom and encountered Salmon sitting on his bed in the dark room. In a matter of seconds, Mathis opened fire and shot and killed Salmon. Salmon had allegedly thrown a cell phone at Mathis, which Mathis believed was a knife.

At the time of the shooting, Salmon was unarmed. Paramedics transported Salmon to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Following the indictments, warrants were issued for the arrests of Mathis and Vance. The news release states that Mathis and Vance are expected to surrender to the DeKalb County Jail in the coming days.

The case will be assigned to a judge and set for trial later.

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