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GBI investigating after deadly shooting involving an officer


The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is investigating a fatal domestic violence case involving a Cobb County Police officer in Marietta. 

Cobb Police responded to a 911 call Saturday about a woman who allegedly had been assaulted and threatened with a firearm by her boyfriend. The 911 call was initiated by a neighbor after the victim contacted that neighbor. The responding officers found the victim and man in the driveway at a home on Michael Drive, about 1.5 miles southeast of Jim R. Miller Park.

The GBI says the man, identified as Murdock Jackson, 33, of Carrollton, was armed with a handgun.

The release states,“During the incident, responding officers shot Jackson. He died at the scene.” Jackson’s body was taken to the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. No law enforcement officers were injured.

Police say they then located the victim of the original assault and offered her medical treatment at the scene. She did not require hospitalization and is now safe now.

Cobb Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said investigators believe the victim may have been the man’s girlfriend. Said VanHoozer, “I would like to ask our community to hold both the family and the loved one’s of the gentleman that was killed tonight and our officers in their thoughts and prayers. It was a dangerous call to go to. It was a scary call to go to. They did their job … Unfortunately, it did not end the way the officers, the family and probably even the victim [of domestic violence] would’ve liked.”

Upon completion of their investigation, the GBI will give the case file to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The GBI said this is the 45th officer-involved shooting the bureau has been asked to investigate this year.

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