Man dead after officer-involved shooting

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting incident in which a man was found dead inside a Decatur home.

According to a statement from DeKalb County Police Department, at approximately 6 p.m. April 12, DeKalb officers responded to a call about a man aggressively wielding a knife in the 2500 block of Terrace Trail.

The GBI stated man, identified as Matthew Williams, 35, made movements with the knife towards officers, and one officer fired at Williams, though it is unclear if Williams was struck by gunfire at this time.

“Additional officers that had arrived on the scene encountered Williams at the entrance of the apartment. Williams was still holding the knife and officers again attempted to take him into custody.” GBI stated. “During this incident, an officer attempted to tase Williams, which was ineffective, followed by at least one officer firing his weapon at Williams.”

“At this time, officers withdrew from the apartment to await the arrival of DeKalb County SWAT. Upon arrival, DeKalb County SWAT entered the apartment and found Williams deceased. One officer sustained a minor injury during the incident and was treated onsite by EMS.”

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

***Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include further details from GBI.


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