Man killed in standoff after he started shooting at officers in DeKalb County, police say

Man killed in standoff after he started shooting at officers in DeKalb County, police say

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A man has died after police said he started firing a rifle at officers during a standoff Sunday morning.

Chamblee police said they received a call around 9 a.m. about a man armed with a gun in a business parking lot off Shallowford Terrace and Buford Highway.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the man seated inside his car with the rifle. Chamblee police requested assistance from other agencies. Brookhaven police answered the call and officers from the departments tried to negotiate with the man.

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Police said the man eventually stepped out of his car into Buford Highway and began firing his rifle. A Chamblee police car was hit at least twice by gunshots. Brookhaven and Chamblee officers returned fire, hitting the man, who later died at the hospital.

Police have identified him as Marcos Reyes, 28, of Forest Park.

No officers were injured.

“In defense of themselves and in protection of the motorists and pedestrians in the area, officers from both the Chamblee and Brookhaven Police Departments fired their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was struck at least once and was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries,” police said in a statement.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation as is customary with officer-involved shootings. A GBI spokesperson confirmed Sunday afternoon the man died at the hospital.

This is the 52nd officer-involved shooting the GBI has been called to investigate in 2020.