Police in Georgia claim they shot a 25 year old black man outside his job Nicholas Thomasbecause they feared for their safety.
Cobb County and Smyrna police went to Goodyear Tire to serve an arrest warrant to Nicolas Thomas for violating probation. The officers claim that Thomas spotted them and tried to flee the scene. They claim Thomas headed in the direction of the officers, which is when they opened fire.
“When you go to serve a suspect who knows that he is wanted, he is unpredictable and we have to react based on his actions. That’s what we did today,” Sgt. Ed Cason with the Smyrna Police Department told Channel 2 Action News.
An eyewitness at the scene disputes the claim that Thomas threatened deputies and says police opened fire shortly after their arrival.
“They were standing behind the car, opening fire. He wasn’t driving towards them,” Brittany Eustache, who was inside the Goodyear, told Channel 2 News. “The car was not moving when they begin to shoot at him. The car had been stopped he hit curb he could go any further.”
Reporter Rachel Stockman asked Eustache, “So at no point was he making any aggressive moves?”
“None, none at all. They immediately opened fire on them,” Eustache said.
Both of Thomas’ parents arrived on the scene after the shooting.
“He was a lovable guy,” mother Felicia Thomas told the news station. “He was just a lovable guy. He would do anything for everybody. He just loved cars. He loved his family. He just had a baby. His baby is not even 5 months old.”
The young man’s father just wants answers.
“I guess now, I just want to understand what happened, because I hear so often and here it is now. I’m a professional, my wife is a professional and we have a kid that’s dead,” Thomas’ father, Huey Thomas told Channel 2 News.