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Suspect killed in Atlanta police-involved shooting

A suspect was killed in a shooting involving an officer in Atlanta on Monday night, CBS affiliate WGCL reported.

Atlanta police said that officers tried to pull over a vehicle for driving down a road the wrong way, but the vehicle attempted to flee their pursuit. Before the vehicle was stopped, it crashed into a pole.

Two men who were inside the car proceeded to flee the scene on foot, and officers caught up to the driver. Another suspect, the passenger, then tried to flee toward the Aloft Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

When officers reached that suspect, he fired at them, police said. “Gunshots were coming from every angle,” Bryceton O’Neal told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Cops were running behind cars, taking cover.”

Then, the suspect, who was identified as 18-year-old Darius T. Smith according to CBS affiliate WGCL, was killed.

“We discovered the suspect was armed with a .45 caliber weapon,” said Atlanta Police Department Major Adam Lee. “There were shell casings near the body. That weapon and shell casings have been taken into custody.”

Officers also discovered weapons, a duffel bag full of marijuana, and a deceased man in the crashed vehicle, according to Fox News.

Lee said that the driver was arrested almost immediately.

They are continuing to investigate the incident. The names of the driver and the deceased passenger have not been released.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which investigates some officer-involved shootings when agencies request it, will not be investigating the case, GBI spokesman Scott Dutton told The Associated Press. Dutton also said a request had not been made.

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Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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