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Published on March 04, 2024
GBI Launches Investigation into Cobb County Officer-Involved Shooting of 15-Year-Old Near Six FlagsSource: Google Street View

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has stepped in to probe an officer-involved shooting in Cobb County that left a 15-year-old boy, identified as Syere Littlefield, critically wounded. The incident unfolded on March 2 near the Six Flags Parks, according to a press release from the GBI.

Chaos spilled over outside the amusement park late Saturday, leading to the involvement of the Cobb County Police Department (CCPD) officers, who had intended to help control a crowd after several altercations had erupted among patrons. During the commotion, shots were fired, one striking a patrol car unoccupied by any officer at the time. The police chased multiple individuals into the surrounding woods, one chase culminating in an officer discharging his firearm and injuring Littlefield. Found near the teenager was a handgun, though it remains unconfirmed if it was in his possession.

The injured Syere Littlefield is now fighting for his life at Grady Hospital. The shooting, which has prompted scrutiny of law enforcement's quick-draw response, unfolded rapidly and once the gunfire ceased, the sound of sirens punctuated the night as the adolescent was rushed to the medical facility, the GBI noted. No police officers sustained injuries during the melee that led to the gunfire.

The GBI's independent investigation will seek to piece together the series of events that escalated into violence. After the reports are compiled and the case file is complete, the Cobb County District Attorney's Office will be tasked with considering charges. The GBI assured the public, as officers combed the woods, not only for clues but also for justice in a situation that left a minor in critical condition, the impartiality of their inquiry.