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Agents identify man killed after allegedly shooting DeKalb Police K-9

K-9 D'Jango is recovering after surgery.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified a man who was shot and killed after allegedly opening fire on a police K-9 in DeKalb County on Tuesday.

The state agency released its preliminary findings on Wednesday afternoon which details what led up to the gunfire that left the K-9, D'Jango, with serious injuries.

The GBI reports that police located a wanted suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Akinyia Malik Jerome Gray, in the 1000 block of Thornwood Lane near Stone Mountain.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police K-9 shot in DeKalb County, 1 suspect confirmed dead

The GBI said Gray had "numerous" outstanding felony warrants, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and hit and run charges. 

Investigations reveal that as officers approached Gray, he discharged his firearm, striking and critically injuring K9 D’Jango. Several officers returned fire, striking Gray. He later died as a result of his injuries.

K-9 D'Jango, who has been with the department for six years, is recovering after one surgery and will likely need additional surgeries. 

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