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The GBI identified the suspect who fatally shot a supermarket cashier and wounded a reserve deputy during an argument over wearing a face mask.

Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, got into a heated argument with an unnamed female cashier at the Big Bear supermarket on Candler Road in Decatur just after 1 p.m. on Monday.

The argument was over Tucker's refusal to wear a face mask in the store, DeKalb sheriff's office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams confirmed to AJC.com.

Authorities said Tucker left the store then immediately returned and shot the cashier in the head. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A reserve deputy who was working part-time as a security guard in the store heard the commotion and confronted the suspect. The deputy and the suspect were both shot during an exchange of gunfire.

The officer was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. Tucker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he is in stable condition.

A bullet grazed a second cashier who was treated at the scene by medics.

Tucker was arrested by responding officers as he tried to crawl out of the supermarket. He is well-known to store employees who say he has mental problems.

The GBI is leading the shooting investigation.

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Masks are not mandated in Georgia and many residents don't wear masks. However, private businesses still mandate masks as part of their store policy.

A sign outside the grocery store advises shoppers to wear a mask inside the store, but some shoppers disregard the signage.

The unidentified grocery store owner told a reporter he is considering banning guns inside the store.

Off-duty law enforcement moonlight at grocery stores in Georgia due to ongoing arguments over face masks.

Decatur is a suburb about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
 

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A Las Vegas man was shot 14 times and killed after he stabbed a police officer at a gun range he'd just robbed minutes earlier.

Las Vegas police say Marvin Payton Jr. tried to steal a gun out of a customer's bag at Range 702 in Clark County in February.

Surveillance video of the shooting was released to the public on Monday, May 3.

When employees confronted Payton, he fled into the parking lot where he was spotted by two arriving officers.

Payton was not armed initially, so the officers did not draw their weapons.

As the two officers approached Payton he pulled a screwdriver out of his pocket and stabbed a female officer several times.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Brett Zimmerman told reporters on Monday that Payton was shot by Officer Andrew Nguyen and four employees of the shooting range.

Officer Nguyen fired his service weapon 9 times. The other 5 shots were fired by the employees. Payton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Nguyen, who joined the force in 2018, was placed on paid leave pending an internal review of the officer-involved shooting.

The employees were not identified and they will not be charged in the shooting.

"Their involvement actually helped our officer and could have saved our officer's life," Zimmerman said.

Surveillance footage shows Payton leaving the facility as the two officers arrived in a patrol unit.

There is a brief scuffle and Payton produces the screwdriver and stabs the female officer.

The armed employees who were watching as the drama unfolded drew their weapons and opened fire.

Zimmerman said the officers didn't activate their body-worn video cameras.

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Garrett Rolfe, the fired officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta last year, has been reinstated to the police force with back pay.

Rolfe was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board, 11 Alive News reported. The board released its decision Wednesday stating:

"Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD."

Brooks was gunned down by Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police on the night of June 12, 2020.

Brooks wrestled a taser away from Rolfe during the ensuing scuffle. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at Rolfe who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

Brooks, 27, died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back. His death was ruled a homicide by the Fulton County Coroner's Office. Rolfe was fired after officials determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

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The shooting sparked riots and civil unrest in Atlanta and prompted calls by local Black Lives Matter activists to defund the police.

When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined the protests to defund the police, APD officers called out sick and refused to respond to non-violent calls.

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Mayor Bottoms further heightened tensions between city hall and the police union by attending Brooks' star-studded funeral. She is pictured embracing Tomika Miller, mother of 3 of Brooks' children.

Rolfe appealed his termination last year. He received donations from a fund created by conservative activist Candace Owens.

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A Virginia man who was shot 10 times by a deputy reportedly told a 911 dispatcher he planned to kill his brother.

Isaiah Brown was shot multiple times by Spotsylvania County sheriff's deputy who mistook the 32-year-old's cordless house phone for a gun on Wednesday night.

The same deputy gave Brown a ride home after his car broke down at a gas station earlier that night.

The deputy assured Brown's brother that he was not in any trouble with the law.

A few hours later, Brown called 911 to report a domestic disturbance at his home.

"I'm about to kill my brother," Brown told the 911 dispatcher.

"Don't kill your brother," the dispatcher responded, to which Brown said: "Alright."

"Somebody needs to come here real quick," Brown said. He told the dispatcher that he did not have a gun. It is unclear if the dispatcher relayed that information to the deputy.

The Spotsylvania County sheriff's office released police body camera footage on Friday night following pressure from the news media.

The footage shows Brown walking toward the deputy, who is unidentified.

"Show me your hands," the cop shouted. "Show me your hands. Show me your hands, now. Show me your hands. Drop the gun. He's got a gun to his head. Drop the gun now. Stop walking towards me. Stop walking towards me. Stop. Stop," the deputy said.

Brown was actually talking on the phone with the dispatcher, who asked him how he was able to talk on his house phone outside his home. "Because I can," Brown responded.

Moments later he was gunned down by the deputy.

Brown is currently in a hospital ICU recovering from non-life-threatening wounds.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

Attorney David Haynes of The Cochran Firm in Washington, D.C, who is representing the Brown family, said Brown "clearly told dispatch that he did not have a weapon more than 90 seconds before the deputy arrived."

"The deputy in question made multiple, basic policing errors and violated established protocols. The deputy was situated nearly 50 feet from Isaiah, was never threatened and should not have discharged his weapon. The family is also requesting the release of the dispatch audio with the deputy leading up to the shooting. There was obviously a failure of communication between dispatch and the officer which led to this tragic event," Haynes added.

"Isaiah is now fighting for his life as a result of these completely avoidable errors by the deputy and dispatch," Haynes said.

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DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha god got into a heated exchange Friday over the shooting death of Ma'Khia Bryant at the hands of Columbus police.

The Breakfast Club co-hosts disagreed whether the shooting was justified.

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"I stand on the fact that I think [the four shots] was excessive, and I do not think that young girl should be dead today," said Charlamagne. "Even if this is one that's legally justified, sadly it doesn't mean it's right. Because police have shown us over and over that when it comes to Black people, the only way they deal with us is fatal force."

But his co-host DJ Envy disagreed. Envy argued that the cop had seconds to react when he saw a woman armed with a knife lunging at an unarmed woman.

"If they would'a shot her in the foot, who's to say that she still couldn't stab the young girl," Envy said.

DJ Envy also disagreed with Charlamagne that four shots were excessive.

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"Everybody sees one side," DJ Envy said, "but now think about the other side. Think about, that was your daughter about to be stabbed. You want them to dead... and stop the person from doing that."

But Charlamagne referred to previous cases of excessive force as examples that cops have an agenda to kill Black people.

However, DJ Envy reoriented Charlamagne to the reality that hundreds of thousands of incidents occur annually between police and Black people that don't end in bloodshed.

Watch the video below.
 

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The foster mom to Ma'Khia Bryant revealed the reason behind the fight before the teen was gunned down by a police officer.

Bryant, 16, was shot four times by Columbus Officer Nick Reardon as she raised a knife to stab a woman during a fight on Tuesday.

Angela Moore said the fight started over an unmade bed. "It was over keeping the house clean," she told CNN. "The older one told them to clean up the house because 'Mom doesn't like the house dirty.' So that's how it all started."

Moore said the 16-year-old and two other girls brawled before police were called. Moore said she received a frantic phone call from a former foster daughter who is seen wearing pink and carrying a small dog in police body cam video.

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Officer Reardon shot Bryant as she lunged to stab the woman. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The foster mother told CNN she started to pray and received text messages from people sending their condolences before she arrived at the group home.

Bryant's mother Paula said she was a good girl who loved music, cooking and making TikTok videos. Bryant and her younger sister lived in the group home with other girls.

Neighbor Donavon Brinson who turned over home surveillance video to police said the shooting was justified.

Another neighbor, Ira Graham III, said he believes the police body cam footage shows Bryant was in "full attack mode" and "needed to be stopped."

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A Virginia man was shot 10 times by a deputy who gave him a ride open then returned when the victim called 911.

Isaiah Brown, 32, was shot 10 times by the same deputy who had given him a ride home earlier when his car broke down at a gas station.

Brown is in intensive care at a hospital with 10 bullet wounds. He is expected to recover.

Brown's siblings told WRC-TV that Brown was given a ride home by a Spotsylvania County deputy who told the family he wasn't in any trouble.

Around 3:30 a.m. Brown called 911 about a "domestic disturbance" at his home. The same deputy arrived and engaged Brown outside the home.

His family said Brown was unarmed and only had his cell phone.

"The officer just started shooting at him for no reason. I didn't hear a warning shot. All I heard was 'Hands up!' one time. And all he had was his phone, so I know he put his hands up," Tazmon Brown, the victim's brother, told the TV station.

Tazmon Brown told the news station that he thinks his brother hoped to get a ride back to his stalled vehicle.

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Chicago police shot one of the gunmen suspected in the death of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams in a McDonald's drive-thru.

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown announced the arrest of one of the suspects in a press conference on Thursday.

The suspect was under surveillance by Chicago police in a western suburb. Police gave chase when the suspect fled in a vehicle.

He crashed on the shoulder of the Eisenhower expressway as police tried to stop him, Brown said.

After crashing, he tried to carjack a family stopped in traffic in the eastbound lane. When he refused an officer's commands, the officer shot him, Brown said.

Brown said two guns were found on the suspect who is under police guard at a hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound in the arm.

"The investigation will reveal whether the offender shot back or not," Brown said.

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Brown confirmed the suspect is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jaslyn and the wounding of her father, Jontae Adams, who was shot in the chest.

Jontae, a 29-year-old aspiring rapper known as Tilla, was released from a hospital this week.

Police are still searching for a second suspect in Jaslyn's death.

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Former President Donald Trump called out LeBron James for his "racist rant" about the Columbus officer who shot a troubled teenager.

Ma'Khia Barnes, 16, was shot four times by Officer Nick Reardon as she raised a knife to stab a woman during a fight outside a foster care group home on Tuesday.

The shooting occurred about an hour before former cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

James posted a photo of Officer Reardon and tweeted "YOU'RE NEXT" with the hashtag "ACCOUNTABILITY".

15 minutes later, James deleted the tweet and explained that he wrote the tweet out of anger.

Trump issued a statement on Thursday calling out James for inciting violence with his tweet.

"LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA," Trump said in a statement. "His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning," he continued. "He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!"

Trump was among a plethora of celebrities, professional athletes, and politicians who called James out for his tweet.

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The Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant is a military-trained marksman and son of a basic training sergeant.

Bryant, 16, was shot four times as she raised a knife to stab a woman outside a foster group home.

Audio of 911 calls released Wednesday included a female voice saying people are "trying to stab us, trying to put their hands on our grandma."

"We need a police officer over here now," the woman is heard saying. "We need a crisis officer over here now!"

One of the arriving officers was later identified as Nicholas "Nick" Reardon, a U.S. Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with an M4 Carbine.

Reardon yelled "What's going on?" as Bryant tried to stab a woman wearing a pink jumpsuit and holding a small dog.

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The officer shouted "Get down! Get down!" before firing four shots at Bryant.

Bryant collapsed to the ground and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A Twitter post, dated May 14, 2020, mentioned that a Sgt. Ed Reardon with 32 years in law enforcement was retiring after training 700 recruits at Columbus PD's Academy.

A commenter noted that "One of his son's [sic] is currently a Columbus Police recruit," referring to Officer Reardon.

Franklin County Children Services confirmed that Bryant was a foster child living in a foster home under the care of Franklin County Children Services.

Her aunt, Hazel Bryant, told The Dispatch that Bryant "got into an altercation with someone else at the home." Hazel said that Bryant dropped the knife before she was shot.

Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted that Bryant was "unarmed" when she was shot.

However, after reviewing the police body cam video, police and city officials determined the shooting was justified.

"It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said Tuesday night. "The city of Columbus lost a [16-year-old] girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young [16-year-old] girl will never be coming home."

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation into Reardon's use of deadly force. Reardon has been taken off the streets while the investigation is ongoing.