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Armed suspect ignored warning: ‘Don’t take that gun out or I’ll shoot’


A Carrollton police corporal told an armed man at least twice on Thursday night not to take out his gun or he would shoot him. The incident ended with the officer firing two shots and killing the man.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cpl. Chad Cook told the man not to take his handgun out of its holster before giving him a final warning that he would shoot him if he removed the gun. Moments later, the officer fired two shots, striking the man in the head and killing him.

Around 9 p.m. Thursday evening, a woman called 911 to report a suspicious person. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the woman reported that a man had a gun and was located near the Community Southern Bank on Bankhead Highway.

When Cook approached Joel Dothard, 40 he noticed two things. First, he saw what appeared to be a handgun in a holster. Next, he recognized the suspect who had previous run-ins with the police.

In the audio recording of the occurrence above, Cook can be heard questioning Dothard for over 8 minutes. He asked if the suspect was carrying a firearm to which Dothard replied yes and that he had a permit. Dothard recanted later, stating he was unsure if he had a permit to carry the gun. Cook then proceeded to ask Dothard if he had ever been convicted of a felony. He replied, “Yes, sir.”

Eventually Cook, a seven-year veteran of the department, called for backup. It was at this time Dothard became agitated. He questioned the officer on why he had called for backup.

Cook responded, “I’m going to have to have another unit come out here with me right now because of the questions I’m asking you. You’re making me feel like you know you shouldn’t have a gun on you.”

It was at this point that Dothard put his hand on his gun. Cook immediately told him, “Don’t take that gun out. Do not take that gun out.” Dothard replied, “Do not touch me.” As the suspect continued to make a move to remove his gun, Cook yelled, “Don’t take that gun out or I’ll shoot you.”

A couple of seconds later, two shots can be heard on the audio recording, followed by the officer shouting into his radio, “Shots fired. Shots fired. Shots fired. Suspect is down.”

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