The identity of a man found shot to death in Buckhead in a possible self-defense case has been released.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Mohamad Akel, a 29-year-old white male from Tinley Park, Illinois. Akel’s body was found at about 8:30 a.m. June 17 in the area of Peachtree Road and Bennett Street after Atlanta Police Department officers responded to a 911 call about an individual being shot there.
In an updated police report emailed to the media June 17, the police stated Akel appears to be the same person witnesses described as trying to break into businesses near where his body was found.
“Upon arrival, officers located a male lying beside a white Dodge Challenger,” the report stated. “The male appeared to have been shot and was deceased. Atlanta Police homicide investigators responded to the scene and began their investigation. Initially, investigators learned this vehicle and the male loosely matched the description of a vehicle involved in vehicle break-ins in the Zone 2 area during the overnight hours.
“However, as the investigation progressed, investigators located video evidence and witnesses and learned the incident appears to be the result of (Akel) attempting to break into a nearby business. Preliminary information indicates (Akel) arrived at the location during the overnight hours and began breaking into the business at 22 Bennett St. As he entered that business, an occupant discharged a firearm, striking the suspect. It appears the suspect then returned to his vehicle (parked at 25 Bennett St.) and attempted to flee before exiting and collapsing on the ground. The shooter initially left the location, but later returned and spoke with APD homicide investigators.”
According to the report, no charges against the man who shot Akel are expected to be filed, likely because it was self-defense, but the investigation continues.