Officers arrived at a home off Donna Street at 12:52 a.m. in reference to a 911 call for help, when a man returned to the scene while officers were still there trying to figure out what had transpired.
Clarence Dorris, 53, of Mableton got out of his truck and “presented a weapon in the presence of the officers which immediately placed them in fear for their lives,” according to a statement issued by Cobb Police.
Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said Tuesday that the weapon was a handgun, but he would not specify if the man pointed the gun at the officer before being shot.
“When an officer feels that they, or a third party, are at risk of serious injury or death, they will make a decision on whether to stop the act,” Pierce said. “The officer must have thought that risk existed.”
Dorris was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Cobb Police would not immediately identify the officer involved in the fatal shooting, but said he has been placed on routine administrative leave.
Pierce said the internal affairs department will investigate the “veteran officer,” but did not say if the officer has any infractions during his time with Cobb police.
This is the second officer-involved shooting with the Cobb police department so far this year, Pierce said.