No Charges in Smyrna Police Shooting of Nicholas Thomas

| July 10, 2015


MARIETTA — Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Thursday he will not seek charges against the Smyrna police officer who shot and killed Nicholas Thomas.

The March 24 shooting drew protests from activists who argued Thomas was unarmed and thus no threat to police. But Reynolds said the Maserati that Thomas was driving when officers tried to serve him with an arrest warrant was a weapon.

A Cobb grand jury recommended no action be taken in the case.

“The loss of life is unfortunate, and I sincerely sympathize with Mr. Thomas’s survivors,” Reynolds said. “But when he drove the vehicle toward officers in the manner he did, the officer who fired the shots was justified under the law to use lethal force,” DA Reynolds said. “Police officers in Georgia are authorized to fire their weapons to protect themselves or others from immediate bodily harm. That is what happened in this case.”

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