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GBI: Officer shoots, kills man in Carrollton
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CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that a Carrollton Police officer shot and killed a man reaching for a gun Thursday night.

According to the GBI, a call came in to Carrollton 911 at about 9:20 p.m. regarding a "man with a gun."

Carrollton Police Cpl. Chad Cook was dispatched to a gas station at 900 Bankhead Highway where he located the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Kenneth Joel Dothard.

According to GBI spokesperson Sherry Lang, Cook said that Dothard had a gun in a holster. Cook noted that he had been in previous contact with Dothard.

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Cook called the 911 center for an information check on Dothard, and then called for a backup unit.

The conversation between Cook and Dothard is a casual conversation. CLICK HERE TO READ A TRANSCRIPT AND HEAR THE 911 CALL

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However, Dothard became agitated when Cook he heard Cook call for backup. When Dothard put his hand on his gun, Cook tried to physically restrain his hands. Cook said Dothard didn't comply and began to draw his gun.

Cook fired two shots, striking Dothard in the head. Dothard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dothard's aunt, Denise Boykin, told 11Alive News that she's heard the tape, but wants to see video to know if the officer had reason to feel threatened.

"I want to see where his hands were positioned," Boykin said. "I feel that, if he didn't have it on him, he didn't draw. I don't think he had time to do anything."

Boykin said Dothard served in the Air Force and had troubles with drugs when he got home.

According to Lang, Dothard has two felony drug-related convictions and had been living at the Efficiency Lodge on Bankhead Highway. His last run-in with the law was six years ago, according to Carroll County court records.

The GBI is continuing to investigate the shooting. After the investigation is complete, the results will be turned over to the district attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

Cook is a seven-year veteran of the Carrollton Police Department. He was not injured in the incident. He has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the GBI's investigation.

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