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An altercation this morning at an extended-stay hotel in Marietta ended with a man shot, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

John Allen Massey, 30, was at the Extended Stay America Hotel off of Powers Ferry Road when police officers arrived to investigate claims of a stolen motorcycle at around 10:15 a.m. While searching the parking lot, police found the motorcycle. Massey was believed to be responsible for the theft. Two uniformed officers confronted him inside room 345 at the hotel. Massey pulled out a handgun when confronted. One of the officers, whose name has yet be released, fired a gun at Massey, resulting in fatal gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting continues. According to Cobb Police Officer Michael Bowman, administrative leave is routine when an internal investigation begins.

Massey was a registered sex offender. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), he was convicted in Cobb County in 2001 on a felony statutory rape charge. He was arrested in 2007 and again in 2011 for failure to update his mailing addresses after moving. Registered sex offenders in Georgia must provide their current residential address at all times, per the Georgia Department of Corrections. Additionally, Massey was convicted of felony firearm possession and aggravated assault in Cobb County, in 2007.

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