Friday night, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the name of the man shot and killed by the Cobb Sheriff SWAT team Thursday morning as Johnny Bolton, 49, of Austell.

The GBI also said the narcotics search warrant execution that resulted in Bolton’s death was a no-knock warrant.

The GBI’s presence on the case was requested by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning. The incident took place at an apartment complex at 505 Springbrook Trail in Smyrna just before 5 a.m.

The shooting occurred during the execution of a search warrant by agents of the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Organized Crime Task Force and Cobb County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team at that location, the GBI states.

Police said Bolton was transported to Wellstar Cobb Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.

This is the 92nd police shooting that the GBI has been asked to investigate in 2020. Following the conclusion of the agency’s investigation, the results will be presented to the Cobb District Attorney’s office.

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Annette Verhoff

Remind me, why do we have no-knock search warrants? Still, after so many gone wrong. Is it really so hard to turn off the water so nobody can flush their alleged stash?

Kathy Satterfield

I am sure they had information that this guy was armed and dangerous. Here is a reminder for a no knock warrant. For their safety and those living around him a no knock warrant makes sense. You don’t want to ring the door bell announce yourself as law enforcement and then pray he doesn’t start shooting. Flushing his stash was the least of their worries, getting themselves or a neighbor shot was. And believe me rounds from a high power rifle or hand gun can go threw doors and walls, endangering everyone. They were there to arrest him and it looks like he didn’t want to go quietly. The GBI will release more information once the investigation is complete. Hopefully the MDJ will do a follow up on this.

Annette Verhoff

When everybody can get a cheap doorbell that will alert them someone's fixing to beat their door down and charge in guns a'blazing, maybe it's finally time to cook up a better way to catch bad guys than no-knock home invasions? The Marietta police have car tag scanners. Surely some bluetooth scanners can alert when the bad guy is out and about and can be apprehended without putting an entire apartment building at risk.

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