A 27-year-old man was found shot to death in the middle of a southeast Atlanta street – and nine months later police said they have caught his killer.
He was transported to the DeKalb County jail where he remained Saturday without bond.
Shortly before midnight on May 18, officers responded to 1283 Metropolitan Ave. regarding a report of a person injured, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones has said.
“Once on scene officers found a 27-year-old male victim lying in the street,” Officer Jones said. “The victim appeared to have been shot at least one time and was deceased.”
Mr. Reeves was returning to his family’s home on Metropolitan Avenue when investigators believe he was approached by an armed robber, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After being shot in the chest, Mr. Reeves fired at the suspect, his mother Mrs. Marjorie Cotton-Reeves told the paper.
Mr. Reeves died a few weeks shy of his 28th birthday.
“My son had never been in a fight his entire life,” Mrs. Cotton-Reeves said. “That’s not him.”
Against her wishes, Mrs. Cotton-Reeves said her son carried a gun to protect himself. But beyond that, he was a laid-back, free-spirited young man who planned to pursue a career in either architecture or cooking, she told the AJC.
“He’s my only child. He was everything to me,” Mrs. Cotton-Reeves said. “I’m divorced. I’m alone. And I don’t have a child anymore.”