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Officer in fatal Smyrna shooting had prior arrest


SMYRNA, Ga. – The Smyrna police sergeant who fatally shot a 23-year-old man at a Vinings tire shop was arrested after a domestic incident with his wife 15 years ago.

On Monday, authorities identified Smyrna Sgt. Kenneth Owens as the officer who shot and killed Nicholas Thomas on March 24. Officers were serving an arrest warrant on Thomas outside a Goodyear Tire when police said he drove a Maserati towards them.

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Smyrna Police ID cops involved in fatal shooting

Smyrna Police ID cops involved in fatal shooting

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens is the officer who fatally shot Nicholas Thomas last week, the Smyrna Police Department announced Monday.

Owens has been with the department since September 2001 and currently serves as a sergeant with the Street Crimes Unit.

Thomas, 23, was shot to death Mar. 24 outside Goodyear Tire in the 2400 block of Cumberland Parkway. He was killed while police officers from Smyrna and Cobb County tried to serve an arrest warrant.

Witnesses say Thomas was in a customer's Maserati when police told him to stop, he didn't. According to Smyrna police, at one point Thomas backed the car toward officers.

Fortis College students complain of supply shortage

Fortis College students complain of supply shortage

SMYRNA, Ga. – Students in the welding program at Fortis College in Smyrna are complaining that they don't have the supplies to learn.

Students sent 11Alive a number of emails saying that they haven't had the supplies for six weeks.

The school told 11Alive that the shortage of supplies occurred due to miscommunication. Officials said the supplies have been ordered and are currently at the school. They say while supplies were low, they only ran out of steel plates.

The President of Fortis College's Smyrna campus said, "To ensure a positive student learning experience, - now that supplies are fully replenished, - the College is scheduling make up time for all students. It is our practice to work with our students whenever they need extra practice time to master their skills."

Prayer vigil planned after man in Maserati shot by police


SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County civil rights leaders plan a prayer vigil after a Goodyear employee in a Maserati was shot and killed by Smyrna police.

The Cobb County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the vigil will be Tuesday evening in Smyrna.

Police say 23-year-old Nicholas Taft Thomas was shot Tuesday by a Smyrna officer, who hasn't been identified. Police say he drove the Maserati at officers. Some witnesses dispute that account.

Thomas' family wants the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to probe the circumstances.

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Nicholas Thomas' family renews call for GBI investigation


SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- The mother of a man shot and killed by Smyrna Police says her son did not die in vain -- he died for change.

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On Thursday, Nicholas Thomas' family spoke out, calling once again for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, or even the Federal Bureau of Investigation into his death.

Thomas' parents do not deny that their son had an arrest record, and that he may not have made the best choices that day. But they insist that none of his actions should have cost the 23-year-old Thomas his life.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Vigil for Nicholas Thomas held in Vinings

Vigil for Nicholas Thomas held in Vinings

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) – On the same night police released new information about the shooting of 23-year-old Nicholas Thomas, local activists went to the site where it happened to create a memorial.

"We are here to memorialize Nicholas Thomas," said activist Asia Parks of 'It's Bigger Than You.' "We're not here to protest. We're here to memorialize this space. We brought out candles and teddy bears and we're here to let his family have a space to mourn."

Nicholas' brother Triston was consoled by his brother's best friend as the two of them looked at the spot where Nicholas was killed on Tuesday afternoon. Triston said his family and their lawyers have asked him not to speak publicly at this time.

The gathering came just hours after Smyrna Police released more information about what they say happened there on Tuesday.