GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta Involving MARTA PD
Atlanta, GA (March 1, 2023) - The man involved in this officer involved shooting has been identified Osiris Rashad Solomon Bennett, age 23, of Atlanta.
Atlanta, GA (February 25, 2023) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Atlanta, GA. The MARTA Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on February 24, 2023. One man was shot and killed. No officers were injured.
Preliminary information indicates that at 4:35 p.m., on February 24, 2023, two undercover the MARTA Police Department officers were patrolling inside the North Avenue MARTA station on West Peachtree Street. The officers saw a man in possession of suspected illegal drugs. Officers attempted to detain the man to further their investigation. The man attempted to escape, and a physical altercation occurred. One officer deployed a Taser, but officers were unable to get the man into custody. The man again attempted to get away from the officers and pulled out a gun, at which time one of the officers shot the man. Officers then rendered medical aid to the man until EMS arrived. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced deceased.
The identity of the man involved is pending next of kin notification. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.