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Activists Demand Charges After Autopsy Shows Armed Teen Was Shot Twice In Back

Marietta, GA – The family of an armed 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot by Cobb County police in July is calling for the release of videos and demanding charges against the officer after the teen’s death was ruled a homicide.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said the incident occurred on July 13 when Cobb County police tried to stop a stolen car with three teens in it on Riverside Parkway in Austell, WSB reported.

The driver fled and led officers on a chase.

The car finally stopped behind a building, WSB reported.

When Cobb County police officers approached the vehicle, two of the three suspects fled, and Truitt brandished a pistol, according to the GBI.

That’s when an officer opened fire, WSB reported.

Gerald Griggs, the lawyer for the family of 17-year-old Vincent Truitt, released the medical examiner’s report on the teen’s death to the media on Monday.

The autopsy said it was the coroner’s “opinion that Vincent Truitt died as a result of multiple (2) gunshot wounds to the torso. Based on the information available at this time, the manner of death is classified as Homicide,” WSB reported.

Griggs told WXIA the autopsy report showed the 17 year old had been shot twice in the back by police.

“This is a huge development. One of the most important parts about it is it was from intermittent range, meaning it was not a close-range shot,” the attorney explained.

He said Truitt’s family had met with authorities regarding charges against the officer who opened fire.

GBI confirmed its director, Vic Reynolds, had privately met with Truitt’s family and lawyer, WXIA reported.

Attorneys for the teen’s family claimed Reynolds told them that he had seen bodycam footage that showed Truitt “never pointed a gun at any officer.”

“Vincent had a gun, yes, but at no point did Vincent use that gun in a threatening manner necessitating law enforcement to shoot him,” Griggs said, according to WAGA.

Except GBI says Truitt did brandish the weapon, according to WAGA.

GBI is continuing to investigate the shooting and investigators have said they anticipate delivering a report to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office by the end of the month.

“We need to see that video, the dash camera and the body camera so that we can fully understand what happened,” Griggs told reporters.

Authorities have confirmed there is dashcam video and surveillance footage from the parking lot where the shooting occurred, but Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox said it wasn’t time to release it, WSB reported.

“I think what needs to be done is let the independent investigation be completed and turned over to the DA’s office,” Chief Cox said.

A homicide ruling doesn’t automatically result in charges; it just means that somebody else caused Truitt’s death. The district attorney will make the final decision about whether the officer who shot Truitt will be criminally charged, WXIA reported.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is completed.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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