DeKalb County, GA (October 16, 2019) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports that it was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting that happened on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, after a DeKalb County K-9 officer was shot by a suspect. This is the 69th officer-involved shooting in Georgia so far this year
According to a press release from the GBI, preliminary information is that DeKalb County Police Officers located a wanted subject, later identified as Akinyia Malik Jerome Gray, 26, in the area of 1086 Thornwood Lane, Stone Mountain. The suspect is reported to have had numerous outstanding felony warrants including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of justice, and hit and run charges. As officers approached Gray, he discharged his firearm, striking and critically injuring K9 D’Jango. Several officers returned fire, striking Gray, who later died as a result of his injuries.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office for review
K9 D’Jango is currently in critical condition at a local veterinary hospital. No other officers were injured in this incident. According to a Facebook update on the Dekalb County Police Department’s page, Officer D’Jango is still recovering this morning from his 1st surgery at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Sandy Springs and is expected to undergo a 2nd surgery within the next day or so. D’Jango, a cancer survivor, was injured near his pelvic/lower abdomen area with significant damage to his right rear femur. No major organs were damaged. Although his condition is still serious, members of the Dekalb County Police Department are optimistic about his recovery.