That struggle ended when the officer shot the man, who died after being taken to hospital, Hampton said. A witness told Channel 2 Action News the man was shot several times. It might be seen on video being treated by first responders as he made his way to an ambulance.
The officer, who was not injured, was taken to APD headquarters for interviews.
Wednesday’s incident was the 45th officer involved in the shooting the GBI has been asked to investigate this year. Twenty-three of those shootings in Georgia were fatal.
The Atlanta Police Department has been involved in six cases so far this year, four of which have been fatal. This is the third officer-involved shooting for the department since April 16.
In January, the Atlanta City Council voted to create a crime-fighting task force in Buckhead. The upscale community has a lower crime rate than much of the rest of the city and police officials said Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, has seen one of the biggest drops in crime last year of Atlanta’s six police zones.
Crime was, however, one of the driving forces behind Buckhead’s push to the city earlier this year.
The new task force is tasked with developing a comprehensive plan to deter crime in the area, working to gain buy-in from businesses, neighborhood associations, apartment and condo residents and other stakeholders such as churches and non-profit organizations.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks shootings involving officers that do not involve the GBI, and these numbers sometimes differ from the GBI tally.
— Editor JD Capelouto contributed to this article.