Smyrna officer who shot Nicholas Thomas promoted to Lieutenant | News
SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) – Less than a year after the officer-involved shooting death of Nicholas Thomas at a Vinings Goodyear Service Center, the Smyrna officer who fired the fatal shot, Sgt. Kenneth Owens, is being promoted to Lieutenant.
On March 24, 2015, Cobb County and Smyrna officers arrived at the facility on Cumberland Boulevard, where Thomas worked, to arrest him on a felony probation violation warrant.
Police said that when they showed up at the service center, Thomas jumped into the car, started to drive off and would not surrender. As seen on surveillance video, the white Maserati drove through the parking lot back and forth in forward and reverse in what police said was an attempt to flee. At one point, the vehicle drove toward the responding officers. Owens fatally shot Thomas during the incident.
“Sgt. Owens is eligible and qualified for this position as prescribed by departmental policy,” the release said.
Thomas’ mother, Felecia Thomas, is upset at the promotion. The family plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Smyrna Police Department.