EP Agent for Atlanta mayor indicted in deadly 2019 carjacking shooting
An Atlanta police officer who was assigned to former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s Executive Protection Unit has been indicted and suspended without pay for shooting an alleged carjacking suspect at a gas station in January 2019.
Officer Oliver Simmonds was indicted Friday on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of violation of oath of public office.
Simmonds, who was off-duty and in plain clothes, pumping gas at a Shell station when 18-year-old D’Ettrick Griffin “allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat of Simmonds’ unmarked SUV.”
The DA’s office said Simmonds shot Griffin as he tried to steal the city-issued SUV. The GBI said Griffin was able to drive off with the officer’s vehicles but crashed into two other cars a short distance away.
There was no indication Griffin had a weapon, the GBI said.