According to police, officers were dispatched to the Riverside House apartment complex on Shadowood Parkway, off Powers Ferry Road in east Cobb, to investigate reports of suspicious activity around 7:30 p.m. Tuedsay. While officers were setting up outside Nhekairo’s apartment, he came outside, naked and brandishing two knives. Nhekairo tried to assault one of the officers, who shot and killed him, police said.
“A Cobb County police officer is trained to recognize a suspect’s ability … to put that officer or a third party at risk of serious bodily injury and/or death,” police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. “In this case, that officer perceived that suspect’s intention was to inflict serious bodily injury and/or death against them.”
Nhekairo’s actions prevented officers from using non-lethal force, such as a stun gun, without putting themselves in mortal danger, Pierce said.
Pierce could not say if Nhekairo appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if officers found any illicit substances in his apartment, but said a toxicology test will be conducted.
Police are not identifying the officer who shot Nhekairo, but said that officer has been put on routine administrative leave.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (770) 528-3812 or (770) 499-3945.