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Man wielding weapon shot and killed by Cobb Police after domestic dispute at Marietta home

Police said they believe the two were boyfriend and girlfriend.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating after a man was shot and killed by Cobb County Police at a Marietta home Saturday evening.

Cobb County Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said in an evening press conference that officers received a 911 call Saturday afternoon of an assault on a woman by an armed man.

When officers got to the home, they came into contact with the man who was holding a gun. Two officers opened fire several times, killing the man, VanHoozer said. Both officers who opened fire were not injured, according to police.

The man was later identified as 33-year-old Murdock Jackson.

Police said they believed Jackson and the woman were boyfriend and girlfriend, but said it was not just a regular fight but rather an assault. The woman was given medical treatment at the scene but was not taken to the hospital. Police said that she is "safe."

VanHoozer held a press conference at 7:35 p.m. where he addressed the shooting:

The shooting happened in the area of Austell Road and Milford Church Road, according to police.

VanHoozer called the situation "unfortunate" and said it is never any officer's hope to have a situation end in the result the way this incident did.

"Shootings are hard on officers, I'm not sure anybody really understands that," VanHoozer said. "But it's hard, even in defense, to use fatal force against an individual, against a human being."

Officials said this is at least the second officer-involved shooting in Cobb County this year. The GBI adds that this is the 45th officer-involved shooting it has been asked to investigate so far this year.

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