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Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

SMYRNA, Ga. – The man who shot an attempted carjacker at a Smyrna car wash said he warned the suspect several times before firing his gun.

On April 3, police say a 15-year-old boy approached a woman washing her car at the Fast Track Car Wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive and Highlands Parkway. The boy then jumped in the woman's car, locked the doors and tried to drive off.

The woman jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Seeing what happened, a Smyrna city employee pulled out his gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

The Good Samaritan told 11Alive's Valerie Hoff by phone on Monday that he repeatedly yelled for the carjacker to stop and he fired his gun because he thought the woman's life was in danger.

The man was back at work in the city of Smyrna's IT department on Monday, and is not facing any charges.

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- An attempted carjacking was thwarted by an armed Smyrna city employee Friday afternoon at a car wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive at Highlands Parkway.

Police said it happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the Fast Track Car Wash. Smyrna Police Officer C.D. Graeff says a juvenile male approached a woman washing her car at the car wash, jumping into the car and tried to drive off. The victim, Graeff said, jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Graeff says that the city employee, seeing what was happening, pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

"She was on the hood. I saw the guy shoot the carjacker. Then I saw him fall out of the car and he was shaking, just holding his chest. Then he falls on the floor and that's when all the cops start pouring in," said Chris Roberts, an employee at the car wash.

GBI Meets with family of Nicholas Thomas


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.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

Cobb County hiring hundreds of teachers

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District hopes to find hundreds of new teachers through a large job fair next month.

Certified teaching positions at all levels of instruction will be available at the event. It is the district's first major hiring event in eight years. Kevin Kiger, the district's executive director of employment, said representatives from every Cobb County school will attend the career fair.

With more than 13,500 employees, the district is Cobb County's largest employer.

The job fair will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McEachern High School, which is located at 2400 New MacLand Road in Powder Springs. It was originally supposed to be at the Smyrna Community Center, but an overwhelming response forced the district to find a larger location.

GBI to investigate fatal Smyrna police shooting

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.

Protesters demand Nicholas Thomas investigation be turned over to GBI

Protesters demand Nicholas Thomas investigation be turned over to GBI

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- The father of Nicholas Thomas and a crowd of several hundred gathered on the steps of Smyrna City Hall Tuesday evening, calling for Cobb County to turn over the investigation of his shooting death to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Thomas was working at a Goodyear Service Center on Cumberland Boulevard in Vinings. Witnesses say he 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 on Thomas for a probation violation.

Police say they told Thomas to stop and get out of the car, but he didn't. And at one point, they said he tried to back up toward them.

It was Smyrna Police Sergeant Kenneth Owens who shot and fired into the Maserati, killing Thomas. Owens has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. His attorney, Lance Lorusso, says what he did was justified.