A 22-year-old man was shot by an officer during a fight late Friday afternoon in Atlanta. And police said he faces multiple charges in connection with the incident.
But family members are seeking some answers of their own in connection with the shooting after getting a report that the man was shot more than once after was tasered and already on the ground.
The incident unfolded shortly before 7 p.m. in the area of Boulevard Avenue and Rankin Street, according to Atlanta police. Officers were in the area to investigate drug activity when they stopped a group for questioning, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.
One of the individuals allegedly produced a gun and was shot by an officer, Chafee said. The suspect, Desmond Hunter, was listed in stable condition at the hospital, he said.
Now Hunter faces several charges including: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, felony obstruction, and carrying a weapon without a license, Chafee said.
Still, Hunter’ mother, Saddiuia Wright, said she is trying to find out what happened. She said she was at the grocery store when she got a phone call that police had used a Taser on her son before shooting him, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“While he was on the ground, he was shot in the back three times,” an emotional Wright said. “How can he harm somebody on his back, shaking from a Taser?”
Capt. Paul Guerrucci told the AJC that the man was zapped with a Taser before he was shot, but could not confirm how many times he was shot or where on the body he was struck.
“At this point, we’re still investigating how many shots were fired, and who actually shot,” he said. “There are still a lot of things we’re trying to verify based on witness statements and information we’ve received so far.”
Ashley Johnson, who lives in the area, told the paper she saw the struggle between Hunter and police.
“All I seen was him on the ground after I heard the pop, and it looked like they were hitting on him,” Johnson said.
The investigation into the incident is on-going. Anyone with information about the incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).