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Cobb Police: Driver killed after being shot by officer, crashing into cars during chase

Chief Tim Cox confirmed a handgun was recovered from the incident and he clarified that the reason the driver was pulled over was due to erratic driving.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police asked drivers to avoid an area in Cobb County on Wednesday afternoon after an officer shot a driver following a short chase, they said.

On Thursday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the driver as Devonte Dawayne Brown, 28, of Austell.

Cobb County Police spokesperson Sergeant Wayne Delk initially said preliminary information revealed an officer attempted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. However, Chief Tim Cox later clarified the reason the person was pulled over was due to erratic driving. 

"We have now confirmed that this incident began with an officer observing the vehicle driving erratically and posing a threat to motoring and pedestrian traffic in the area," Chief  Cox said in part, in a tweet. "We are thankful no motorists or pedestrians were injured."

Video posted on the @atluncensored Instagram account shows four law enforcement vehicles were able to surround the driver and his car, boxing him in. The driver tried to pull forward and back up, repeatedly, bumping into the surrounding cars, as if trying to get away.

The video shows law enforcement officers draw their weapons and aim them at the driver. Then an officer fires what sounds like 12 rounds at the driver.

The driver was killed.

Chief Cox confirmed a handgun was recovered at the scene.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist with the case, which is standard for shooting incidents involving police. 

"Likely there will be more specific information once they get some of their information gathered from the scene," Delk said.

No law enforcement officers were injured. Delk said he doesn't have information on the driver who died in the shooting at this point. 

The 11Alive Sky Tracker flew over the area, where you can see over a dozen law enforcement officials gathered nearby a wreck that is surrounded with crime scene tape.