An officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) that took the life of Oscar Cain, an Atlanta area activist.
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Cain, 31, reportedly led officers on a foot chase through a wooded area before brandishing a gun and being shot by officers, according to Fox5Atlanta.
“Our officer fired, hit and killed, the suspect,” Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Jeff Glazier said.
An activist from the Atlanta racial justice community— MY community— was murdered by the police as he was running away this week. I sat next to this man on panels, I schooled this man on gender and sexuality. I’m just…. y’all I’m TIRED. #OscarCain #shutitdownATL pic.twitter.com/QWckWb88po
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GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons gave preliminary details that the officer was responding to a possibly armed person, and that firearm was found on the scene.
“Cain did not comply with verbal commands and during the incident, Cain reportedly brandished a firearm,” Ammons said in a statement. “The officer discharged his weapon, fatally wounding Cain. A firearm was found at the scene.”
Individuals living near the wooded area where the shooting took place reported hearing the shots.
“I just heard three shots, the next thing you know, cops were in here,” said resident Jorge Flores. “The first shot, it was loud, it was really loud.”
Georgians’ relationship with their police departments has been deteriorating as 2018 was the deadliest year for police shootings with 48 people killed in 92 incidents, according to 11alive.com. This year, the GBI has already been requested to investigate 26 police shootings.
The date of Cain’s funeral services hasn’t yet been announced, but it will take place in East Point, Georgia.