A 13-year-old burglary suspect was reportedly shot in the back of the head and killed Wednesday afternoon by a Clayton County police officer responding to a 911 call about a break-in in a Tara Boulevard neighborhood.
The unidentified teen was reportedly carrying a BB gun in his waistband at the time he was shot. A second burglary suspect was captured, but a third reportedly fled the scene. A law enforcement source, who requested anonymity because he is unauthorized to speak about the shooting, said the teen was shot in the back of the head and has died.
It is the third officer-involved shooting in 11 days in Clayton County. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate all three shootings.
Police spokesman Officer James Whitman said the shooting happened when officers responded to a home on Bonanza Church Road in reference to a burglary in progress. The neighborhood is three miles south of the Clayton County Courthouse and Jail.
The shooting happened a day after Clayton police Lt. Tina Daniel told voters that residential burglaries are the No. 1 issue facing her department. Daniel is running for sheriff. During a Forest Park Teen Council Forum Tuesday night, Daniel told the crowd of nearly 200 that burglaries are a “serious problem that law enforcement agencies need to address hard.”
On June 16, Clayton police Sgt. Tracy Jakes said officers shot a domestic violence suspect who held off police for several hours inside a unit at Sandlewood Apartments on Mount Zion Road. Jakes said the man, later identified as Marcus Bell, 26, assaulted a female at the residence before retreating into the apartment.
Jakes said officers tried without success to make contact with Bell.
While he was barricaded inside the unit, officers discovered Bell had outstanding warrants from DeKalb County. They then secured warrants for his arrest for the most recent alleged assault, she said.
Two hours later, police entered the unit and shots were fired when they encountered the suspect, said Jakes. No officers were injured, she said.
Five days later, an officer shot and killed a suspect during a traffic stop night, said spokeswoman Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser. The suspect shot the driver of the car he was riding in before being shot himself. Watson-Fraser said the driver is being treated for his wounds at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Watson-Fraser declined to release either man’s names, citing notification of the next of kin. She said the dead man had outstanding warrants but she did not know the details. The shooting happened after he and the driver were asked to exit the car.
“The officer asked the suspect to step out of the car and he tried to place him into custody,” she said. “The suspect fought with the officer around the waist, pulled out a gun and started shooting. The suspect shot the driver. One of the other officers shot the suspect.”
Two other occupants of the car were detained but Watson-Fraser said she didn’t know if they were arrested or charged. One other occupant fled the scene. At least one officer suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with the suspect, she said.