Atlanta man dies after shot by police during foot chase

July 15, 2020 GMT

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A man shot by police in suburban Atlanta during a chase has died.

Vincent Demario Truitt, 17, of Atlanta died Tuesday after being shot by Cobb County police, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

State investigators say police tried Monday night in Austell to stop a car that had been reported as stolen in Atlanta. The driver sped away, but ended up on a dead end behind an office building. Two of the three passengers tried to run away and officers chased them on foot, police said. One of the men brandished a handgun, the GBI said. He was shot by a Cobb County officer, who hasn’t been identified.


Truitt was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with critical injuries. The vehicle’s other two occupants were arrested — a 17-year-old on an outstanding warrant and a 15-year-old on charges related to the stolen vehicle.

No officers were injured.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy on Truitt on Wednesday.

GBI will give the results of its inquiry to Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes to review for possible criminal charges.