On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Cobb County Police Department (CCPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that earlier this date, CCPD officers were preparing to execute search warrants for the residence and vehicle belonging to Samuel David Mallard, 19, of Powder Springs.  Mallard was also wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for murder and aggravated assault with intent to rob. 

At approximately 8:23 a.m., CCPD officers located Mallard traveling in his vehicle in the 1400 block of Chaseway Circle in Powder Springs.  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.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office.  No officers were injured during the incident.

Upon processing the scene, a gun was found in Mallard’s vehicle.

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.


Public Affairs Director Nelly Miles