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GBI Meets with family of Nicholas Thomas
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The family of Nicholas Thomas and their attorney met with the GBI Friday afternoon.

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It came after calls from the family and community for the agency's involvement.

23-year-old Nicholas Thomas was killed by Smyrna police officer Sgt. Kenneth Owens at the Goodyear Service Center on Cumberland Boulevard on March 24. It happed as officers tried to serve him with a warrant for a probation violation.

Thursday, the Cobb County District Attorney's Office requested that the agency conduct an independent investigation.

The Thomas family met with GBI agents for about 30 minutes laying out their questions and concerns.

Their attorney, Mauwuli Davis, called it an emotional meeting. He said agents seemed engaged and interested in what the family had to say.

Davis said the GBI requested the meeting with the family, but told them they had not yet received case files and could not answer questions.

He said the family asked for a fair, un-biased, colorblind investigation into what happened.

"They did state that they're going to do their best. They looked this mother in the eye, and that was one of the things this mother asked, was to look her in the eye and to treat this case as if it were their own child, their own family member," he said.

Davis says a GBI medical examiner conducted an autopsy and the family can now claim their son's body and begin making funeral arrangements.

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