A Kenyan man was shot dead by a Georgia deputy after investigators said he tried to run over a team that was serving him with a warrant in an ongoing narcotics case.
Joel Gatu Muturi, 23, was shot after he tried to run over members of the Cobb Marietta Smyrna Narcotics squad who were trying serve him a warrant.
In the incident that occurred on Thursday, Muturi is said to have tried running over the squad at about 6.50pm at the Liberty Pointe Apartments located in the 700 block of Franklin Gateway SE.
“When they were here at the apartment, they had contact with the suspect in that case. The suspect attempted to run over a deputy sheriff in a vehicle. Shots were fired and the suspect is deceased,” said Lt. Colonel Robert Quigley of the Cobb County Sheriff’s office.
He added that officers recovered a substantial amount of drugs and weapons at the scene though he did not disclose the type of narcotics, but said “several” different drugs were found.
“Our undercover narcotics unit had run a series of investigations. This is one they were working very heavily and they were certainly looking to get this individual into custody. And did everything they could to prevent this type of event from happening,” said Quigley.
None of the law enforcement officers sustained serious injuries.
The officer who shot Muturi will be placed on administrative leave until the investigation leading to the shooting are complete, which is standard practice.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be investigating the deputy involved shooting incident.