Probe continues in man’s shooting death
by Rachel Gray
January 29, 2014 06:50 PM | 4712 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Allen Massey
John Allen Massey
CUMBERLAND — A month has lapsed since an officer-involved shooting killed a Marietta man, but Cobb Police Department has yet to finish its in-house investigation of the shooting.

It did, however, identify the officers involved in the incident as B. Abernathy and D. Mangold, both of whom returned to work earlier this month. No first names were given for the officers.

At 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 27, Cobb Police arrived at the Extended Stay America Hotel on Powers Ferry Road, off Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area, to investigate claims of a stolen motorcycle in the parking lot.

Officer Michael Bowman with the Cobb Police said Mangold and Abernathy confronted John Allen Massey, 30, when he pulled out a handgun.

One of the officers fired at Massey, but Cobb Police would not release which officer fired because of the investigation still in progress by the department’s internal affairs unit.

Massey, who died at the scene, was convicted of felony firearm possession and aggravated assault in Cobb County in 2007. He was also a registered sex offender, convicted for statutory rape in 2011.

Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said the investigation is still an active and has “no set time line” for it to be concluded.

Pierce said Cobb Police are waiting on the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office to release the cause of death, which is hinging on the toxicology results. It could take the Georgia Bureau of Investigation six to eight months to release the lab results.

Both Abernathy and Mangold, who Pierce said are “veteran officers” with no previous infractions, were placed on routine administrative leave with pay.

After a standard process determined they were mentally and physically prepared to go back to work, both Abernathy and Mangold returned to “full duty status,” Pierce said.

Pierce said the time off was not a suspension. If there were still concerns about the officers’ behavior the morning of the shooting, they would have remained on leave, he said.

A report released by Cobb Police on Dec. 27 said, “An officer on scene, acting in self defense, was forced to fire his service weapon, striking the perpetrator.”

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the internal affairs unit, and the death of Massey is also being investigated internally by the Cobb Police.

“Ultimately they will end up in the same place,” Pierce said.

There were 29 homicides in Cobb last year. Three of the people were killed by Cobb Police in officer-involved shootings.

After both investigations conclude, a grand jury will determine if the officers will face charges, Pierce said.

The Cobb District Attorney’s office takes every officer-involved shootings to a grand jury, according to Kim Isaza, a spokeswoman for the Cobb District Attorney’s Office.

In 2013, six cases were reviewed by a grand jury. All of the shootings were determined to be justified, Isaza said.

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January 31, 2014
Keep up the good work C.C.P.D.
February 01, 2014
A life was taken and the words "good job" are out of line. You did not know this man. You didnt know he was 18 years old when he was accused of statutory rape. He had a girlfriend of ten years at the time of his death. He had a seriousness about him but gad the best sense of humor. I still laugh about his back flip onto the bed the night before he was killed. Remember people He had family and friends that loved and respected him. He was great with kids and loved animals. He did not deserve to be shot 5 times incl once in the face. R.I.P Johnny Boi you are missed.
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