UPDATE

Atlanta, GA (January 25, 2023) - We are aware that DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston has recused herself from the January 18, 2023 officer involved shooting (OIS) case involving Manuel Esteban Paez Teran and a Georgia State Patrol trooper.  A special prosecutor will be assigned by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council to review our findings related to this case.  In the past decade, the GBI has investigated numerous OIS cases for local and state law enforcement.  Our track record of impartiality precedes this January 18 incident.  The GBI and Georgia State Patrol are two separate agencies.  As in every officer involved shooting investigation, our procedure is to gather information concerning OIS events and turn the investigative file over to the prosecutor in the jurisdiction the event occurred for their review and action.

Since the investigation began, we have been able to connect the handgun found at the scene by various means to Teran, who shot the trooper during the clearing operation.

We will continue to work with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in reference to the ongoing domestic terrorism investigation.

UPDATE

Atlanta, GA (January 23, 2023) - There have been numerous inaccurate media and on-line reports about the officer involved shooting incident that occurred January 18th.  We’re providing this update to address the widespread misinformation that is occurring.   

              •            Today, the GBI received confirmation from a firearms transaction record that in September 2020, Manuel Esteban Paez Teran legally purchased the firearm that was used in the shooting of a GSP trooper.

              •            Bodycam questions – The Task Force consisted of several agencies.  The officers who were near the incident at the time of shooting were not wearing body worn cameras. Although the shooting is not captured on bodycam, there is bodycam footage of the aftermath. 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation.  

UPDATE

Atlanta, GA (January 20, 2023) – We are releasing a photo of the handgun that was in Manuel Esteban Paez Teran’s possession when a Georgia State Patrol trooper was shot on January 18 at the site of the future Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. The handgun is described as a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. Forensic ballistic analysis has confirmed that the projectile recovered from the trooper’s wound matches Teran’s handgun. Other preliminary information released in this case is consistent with the investigation so far.

UPDATE

Atlanta, GA (January 19, 2023) – The man who died in yesterday’s officer involved shooting has been identified as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26.

During the multi-agency operation at the site of the future Atlanta Public Safety Training Center that began on January 18, 2023, approximately 25 campsites were located and removed. 

Additionally, mortar style fireworks, multiple edged weapons, pellet rifles, gas masks, and a blow torch were recovered. There were three people who were contacted who provided their names to authorities and were free to go. 

The following people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass, with additional charges pending:

  1. Geoffrey Parsons, age 20, of Maryland
  2. Spencer Bernard Liberto, age 29, of Pennsylvania
  3. Matthew Ernest Macar, age 30, of Pennsylvania
  4. Timothy Murphy, age 25, of Maine
  5. Christopher Reynolds, age 31, of Ohio
  6. Teresa Shen, age 31, of New York
  7. Sarah Wasilewski, age 35, of Pennsylvania

Original release

Atlanta, GA – (January 18, 2023) In an ongoing effort to ensure that the site of the future City of Atlanta Public Safety Training Center is safe and secure, the GBI, along with other law enforcement partners, conducted an operation to identify people who are trespassing and committing other crimes on the property.

At about 9:00 a.m. today, as law enforcement was moving through the property, officers located a man inside a tent in the woods. Officers gave verbal commands to the man who did not comply and shot a Georgia State Patrol Trooper. Other law enforcement officers returned fire, hitting the man. Law enforcement evacuated the Trooper to a safe area. The man died on scene. The injured Georgia State Patrol Trooper was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. A handgun and shell casings were located at the scene. The GBI is working the officer involved shooting and the investigation is still active and ongoing. The identification of the man who died is pending next of kin notification.

During the planned operation, several people were arrested and taken to the DeKalb County Jail. Charges are pending and updates will be provided later.

This joint investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact local law enforcement or the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office & DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office who are jointly prosecuting this case.

Members of this joint task force include the GBI, Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Attorney General’s Office, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, FBI, DeKalb County Police Department, Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

News conference: (7) News Conference - Multi-Agency Operation Update - YouTube

Previous enforcement activity: https://gbi.georgia.gov/press-releases/2022-12-14/five-arrested-domestic-terrorism-charges-site-future-atlanta-public

Contact Public & Governmental Affairs Director

Nelly Miles