POWDER SPRINGS — A male murder suspect was shot dead by Cobb County police officers in Powder Springs on Thursday morning and now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is involved.
Samuel David Mallard, 19, of Powder Springs, was fired upon by four Cobb County police officers while in his vehicle on Chaseway Circle, the GBI said.
The shooting happened in the quiet residential neighborhood off Lost Mountain Road just before 8:30 a.m., when Cobb police were attempting to execute search warrants on Mallard’s vehicle and residence, according to a news release by the GBI.
“Mallard was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for murder and aggravated assault with intent to rob,” the GBI release stated. “Mallard attempted to elude officers in his vehicle, but his car was stopped by CCPD vehicles. Officers confronted Mallard to take him into custody and gave him verbal commands. During the incident, four CCPD officers fired their weapons, striking Mallard. Medical services responded, but Mallard was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A gun was found in Mallard’s car during processing of the scene, the GBI said, adding that an autopsy will be conducted by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
No officers were injured during the incident, police confirmed.
“The GBI will continue its independent investigation and once complete, it will be turned over to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office for review,” the GBI said.
The Cobb murder investigation Mallard was a suspect in also involves other suspects and other violent crimes, Cobb County Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sydney Melton told the MDJ.
“We’re not going into further information right now about the specifics of that investigation as there are other suspects involved and additional crimes that are being investigated,” she said at the scene.
Police said there was no risk to anyone else in the neighborhood at any time during the attempted apprehension and shooting of Mallard.
Melton asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the county police department.
More than a dozen marked police vehicles were at the site of the shooting throughout the morning, in addition to GBI crews.
Neighbors told reporters at the scene that it was a quiet community and unusual to see such a heavy police presence.
A Powder Springs man with the name Samuel David Mallard, whose age and residential information matches those of the murder suspect shot by police Wednesday, has a history of arrests in Cobb County, warrants and previous MDJ reports show.
That man was charged in 2018 and 2019 with several felony counts of impersonating an officer and making a false statement, as well as misdemeanor counts of obstruction and loitering, records show.