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17-year-old Vincent Truitt’s death a homicide

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigations Director Vic Reynolds, who has seen the video, Truitt never pointed a gun at any of the officers.


Published 10/05/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 4 sec

ATLANTA, Ga. — On Monday, October 5, 2020, Attorney Gerald A. Griggs and his Co-Counsel, Attorney Maria Banjo, received the official autopsy report for the cause of death for 17-year-old Vincent Truitt from the Cobb County Office of the Medical Examiner’s Office. The Medical examiner ruled Truitt’s death a homicide.

On Monday, July 13, 2020, Truitt was shot twice in the back as he ran from Cobb County police after a traffic stop in Austell. Initial reports from Cobb County police say the teen fired his gun towards officers. The report later detailed that Truitt only “brandished” a gun.

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Through an independent investigation, the Law Firm of Gerald Griggs has learned the teen did not use the weapon in an offensive manner.

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigations Director Vic Reynolds, who has seen the video, Truitt never pointed a gun at any of the officers. He was shot in the back twice as he ran away. The officer never commanded
Truitt to drop his weapon, stop, or not to move.

“The fact that there was no soot or stippling on the surrounding skin indicates that 17-year-old Vincent Truitt was not shot at close range,” said Attorney Banjo. “The death has been ruled a homicide. In the spirit of transparency and accountability, it’s time for Cobb County Police to release any and all video related to Vincent Truitt’s death.”

Truitt was pronounced deceased on his mother’s birthday.

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