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Investigators Say Unarmed Suspect Was Reaching When Police Shot Him, Gun Found Nearby

Stone Mountain, GA – Investigators have determined a suspect who was fatally shot by DeKalb County police last month was unarmed and reaching for an object to throw at police when the officer-involved shooting occurred.

The incident began at approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 4, when DeKalb County Police Department (DCPD) officers responded to 998 Autumn Crest Court for a report of a stolen vehicle parked in the driveway, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a press release.

Officers ended up encountering a male suspect inside the residence, so they identified themselves and “issued commands” to the suspect, according to the GBI.

“The man did not comply,” the GBI said.

When the suspect reached for a nearby object, the officers believed he was trying to grab a handgun, according to investigators.

They responded by opening fire on the suspect.

He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Marando Salmon.

In an update on Nov. 7, the GBI said further investigation revealed that the suspect was unarmed during the encounter, but that there was a gun located inside the room where he was shot.

“Further investigation has determined that an officer opened a bedroom door, and Salmon threw an object at the officer,” the GBI said. “Although the officer did not see Salmon touch a firearm, he was reaching for a nearby item.”

It is unclear where inside the room police seized the gun or how close Salmon was to its location when he was shot.

The findings of the GBI’s independent investigation will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review once they are complete.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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