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GBI to investigate fatal Smyrna police shooting
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GBI to investigate fatal Smyrna police shooting

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting of Nicholas Thomas, Cobb County's district attorney announced on Thursday.

Thomas, 23, was shot and killed by Smyrna Police Sgt. Kenneth Owens at the Goodyear Service Center on Cumberland Boulevard on March 24. Witnesses said Thomas was pulling a customer's Maserati to the back bay to be serviced when Smyrna Police arrived with backup from Cobb County officers to serve a warrant for a probation violation. Police said Thomas refused to get out of the car and began to back the car towards officers. That's when Owens fired into the vehicle.

Thomas' family and several hundred protesters gathered on the steps of Smyrna City Hall Tuesday, calling for Cobb County Police to turn over the investigation to the GBI.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said in a news release Thursday that his office and Cobb Police have now asked the GBI conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

"In the spirit of transparency and openness, both agencies have made this request with the support of the Smyrna Police Department," Reynolds said in the news release. "The GBI has agreed to conduct a separate, independent investigation, and this will begin immediately. Upon completion of this investigation, it will be transmitted to the District Attorney's Office for their review."

Thomas has previously been arrested several times. In 2013, he led Kennesaw State police on a high-speed chase. His family said he was getting his life back on track. The family said they were glad to hear that the GBI will now handle the investigation.

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