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DeKalb officer shoots, kills armed suspect then discovers he had a fake gun

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A man, who was causing a disturbance, was shot to death after he pointed a gun at an officer early Friday morning at an apartment complex in DeKalb County. It was only later that officers learned that the man was holding a fake gun, according to DeKalb County police.

So far, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office has not been able to confirm the identity of the deceased suspect and it was unclear if he lived in the complex where the shooting happened.

The incident unfolded shortly after midnight when officers received a report about a man causing a disturbance at the Alden Ridge Apartment, police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said. A resident had called 911 to report that a man going around banging on doors and yelling, Fore said. It’s unclear what he was yelling and police are still trying to determine why he was causing a disturbance.

Two officers responded to the scene and found the man at the complex, Fore said. They attempted to talk to him when the man allegedly pulled out a gun from his waistband, Fore said.

The man was ordered to drop the weapon, but instead he allegedly pointed it at one of the officers, Fore said. That officer fired several shots, striking the suspect more than once, the spokesman said. The man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died.

“After the shooting we determined that the weapon the suspect had was a replica,” Fore said. The man also had several knives on him, Fore said.

The unidentified officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is the department’s policy whenever there is an officer-involved shooting.