An officer shot and killed a man suffering from dementia after the man allegedly went after the officer with an axe Thursday afternoon in southeast Atlanta.
The incident happened shortly before noon at 78 Claire Drive, according to Atlanta police. Investigators said officers were responding to the 100 block of Adair Avenue after getting a report of a fight in the area.
One of the officers who was traveling to that location encountered a man who matched the description of the aggressor obtained through the 911 call, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said.
“The male subject produced a large axe, 3 feet in length, and attacked the officer when the officer approached him,” Lyon said. “The officer discharged his service weapon striking the subject in his torso area.”
The officer reportedly shot the man three times and the man died at the scene.
“When the officer came to the door, I told him he had dementia,” the man’s wife, Teresa Williams, told Channel 2 Action News. “I told that man, ‘Don’t hurt him. He got dementia.’ You know what I’m saying? He ain’t no violent person.”
Manager of Family-Owned Restaurant Shot to Death
A manager of a family-owned restaurant was found shot to death Wednesday night inside the business in East Point and police believe robbery was the motive for the crime.
And on Thursday they were searching for the victim’s tan 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which they believe is still in the hands of the suspect. The vehicle, which was reported stolen and related to a homicide, has license plate: BQI 3987, according to East Point police.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Riyadh Nuriddin, 36, of Austell.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. at Ikhlas Superb Seafood at 2724 Sylvan Road where Nuriddin worked as the business manager, police spokesman Lt. Cliff Chandler said. Officers responded to the scene after getting a call at 11:10 p.m. about a person shot, Chandler said.
He declined to comment on who called 911, but said Nuriddin was alone in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.
“The suspect confronted him in the restaurant and Mr. Nuriddin was shot,” Chandler said. The man was shot once, Chandler said, but he declined to comment on where on the body the victim was shot.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the whereabouts of the victim’s vehicle is asked to call 911.