DeKalb County, GA (October 16, 2019) – On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the DeKalb County Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that several DeKalb County Police Officers located a wanted subject, later identified as Akinyia Malik Jerome Gray, age 26, in the area of 1086 Thornwood Lane, Stone Mountain, DeKalb County, Georgia.  Gray had numerous outstanding felony warrants including possession of a firearm by convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and hit and run charges.  As officers approached Gray, he discharged his firearm, striking and critically injuring K9 D’Jango.  Several officers returned fire, striking Gray.  He later died as a result of his injuries. 

K9 D’Jango is currently in critical condition at a local veterinary hospital.  No other officers were injured in this incident. 

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review. 

Contact Information:

Nelly Miles - Public Affairs Director - 404/270-8330