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'He was a good kid' | 22-year-old fatally shot by Clayton County deputy, GBI investigation underway

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it is investigating after a Clayton County deputy fatally shot a man during an attempted arrest late Tuesday night. It happened at the Chelsea Gardens Apartment Homes on Godby Road -- a few blocks away from the Old National Village Discount Mall.

According to the GBI, the incident started around 9:48 p.m. when authorities tried to arrest 22-year-old Tory Brown at the apartment for violating his probation. Deputies, according to a GBI release, gave a number of "verbal commands" telling the people inside of the apartment to leave. "Several" of them came out of the apartment except for Brown. 

During the encounter, GBI said a Clayton County Sheriff's Office deputy shot the Atlanta native leaving the 22-year-old dead. GBI told 11Alive no guns were found at the scene and none of the officers were injured.

Credit: Family
22-year-old Tory Brown

Family and friends on the scene told 11Alive authorities were at the apartment complex looking for the man on Monday and later returned Tuesday night. They said they heard the gunshots. 

"We didn't know he was hurt bad ... I'm the momma and they ain't told me nothing." 

His sister, Condrica Thomas, said, "I know when they told him to come out. I know he came out ... I think they shot him right there." She went on to say they all heard three shots. 

His mother Paula Thomas, told 11Alive that Brown was a "good kid" and that all kids get in trouble.

"He has a good personality. He gets along with anybody. He makes them laugh," Paula went on to say. 

This is the 65th shooting involving an officer and GBI agents in 2021.

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