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Georgia officials are investigating the fatality of a man who shot a man who allegedly first pointed a gun at police who offered him a lift after walking along a highway.

The DeKalb County Police Department said it responded at about 8 a.m. Saturday “to a call about a suspect walking on I-20.” Upon arrival at the scene, an officer contacted the man “and offered a ride to the nearest gas station, which is secure”. [harm’s] way,” said the police.


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After pulling into a gas station located at 2701 Candler Road in Decatur, Georgia, the man “produced a firearm,” police said. The officers “then discharged their shotgun, mortally wounded the man,” according to Department. No officer was injured in the incident.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is now handling the investigation.

one in Statement The agency has identified the man killed as 33-year-old Kristen Smith of Allenwood.

“While in the parking lot, officers learned that there was an active warrant for Smith’s arrest,” the GBI said. “During the process of arresting Smith, officers dropped their weapons, shooting Smith. Smith later died of his injuries … Smith had a gun near his body.”

After the GBI completes its investigation, it will be handed over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review.