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Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting says he was unarmed and hiding in a closet

The family of Jimmy Atchison says he was hiding in a closet and shot in the face when he was shot by an Atlanta police officer.

ATLANTA — Family members of 21-year-old Jimmy Atchison, who they said was the man shot and killed during an altercation with officers at an apartment complex on Wednesday morning, said he was unarmed and hiding in a closet when he was gunned down.

Members of Atchison's family said Friday that he was not armed, hiding in a closet and was shot in the face.

The FBI said they did not have a comment on the family's allegation, as this is an active investigation.

According to FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson, agents were serving a warrant to an armed robbery suspect at an apartment complex in Atlanta's Adamsville neighborhood off of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Middleton Road at about 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

When agents tried to make contact, the suspect led them on a chase through the building.

An Atlanta police officer who was part of the FBI task force fired the deadly shot, according to police. No officers were hurt.

"We went to that apartment and confronted the suspect and the suspect fled," Rowson said. "He jumped out of a window of one of the apartments, jumped down a couple of floors ... there was a foot chase that ensued into another apartment building where the suspect was shot."

The FBI and GBI investigations of the incident are still ongoing.


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