Armed teen robbery suspect shot, killed by a Marietta police officer
by Kathryn Malone
kmalone@mdjonline.com
May 04, 2011 12:00 AM | 8756 views | 43 43 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - A Marietta police officer shot and killed an apparent armed robber early Tuesday morning at the Autumn View Apartment Complex on Franklin Road after the man had taken a hostage and refused to put down his weapon when police instructed him to do so, Marietta police said.

Antonio Tyler, 18, of Marietta, was shot and killed by a police officer when he and two other men allegedly tried to rob a couple in the parking lot at the apartment complex off Franklin Road just north of Delk Industrial Blvd., Marietta Police Spokeswoman Officer Jenny Murphy said.

Jacolby Booker, 19, of Marietta, and Zachery Morrison, 21, of Marietta, were both arrested following the incident and have been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, false imprisonment and burglary.

The Marietta Police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which Murphy said is standard procedure. The officer's name has not been released.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, police received a 911 call alerting them that three men were armed and attempting to rob a man and a woman at the Autumn View Apartment Complex. Both Marietta and Cobb police responded to the scene.

According to police, the suspects forced a man and a woman into their apartment at gunpoint. When Marietta Police arrived, they made contact with Tyler, who had taken a hostage, Murphy said. When he refused to put down his weapon as instructed by police, an officer shot and killed him, Murphy said.

Neither of the victims was injured, Murphy said. They are not yet releasing the mug shots of the suspects, Murphy said, because of the possibility of hindering police's ongoing investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact Marietta Police Detective Moeller (770) 794-2366 or call the Marietta Tip Line (770) 794-6990.
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lolscitizen
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August 01, 2011
Marietta Citizen sounds like a decent parent whose children that you know so well are probably the school sluts and dope dealers. :/
reply to ur comment
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March 09, 2012
I'm sure you know more about school sluts and dope dealers. Your mother is accountable for every foolish thing you've done!

Since your the expert; that makes your mother... a dope dealing, school slut according to you. Your words not mine.
Marietta Citizen
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May 30, 2011
I am better than you people.My children don't hang out with the wrong people and they are alive.Anybody ( white or black )that holds a gun to somebodys head,a citizen has a legal right to shoot that person,that is the law,so get over it.If you have other children,keep them safe.I live a Autum View.The same bulding ( I ) and I was there.
anonymous
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May 20, 2011
You have to realize that we only know what the media has said! Is it true? We dont know because we wasn't there.To slander this young man without knowing the true facts is just sad!! Is this what society have come to?! No matter what he is still a human being. Who are you to Judge? They are going to justify they're wrong doing and make this young man out to be a monster.What if this was your kid who was with the wrong people,at the wrong time and the people he was with was commiting a crime? because he was a statistic in the first place he never even had a chance! If he had hostages where was the hostage negotiater and how was it that he was shot in the head?
anonymous
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May 20, 2011
He have great parents! But when u have raised your child to the best of your ability.You can only pray that they make the right decisions and judgements.No one deserves to be shot down no matter what mistake they make.I thought that was our purpose of having a justice system?! Our kids are full of anger,hate,rage,and not enough love.
mrs. AntonioTyler
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May 19, 2011
@marietta citizen

what kind of thing is that to say to a person? its not his parents fault they are great people who loves him and gave him anything he wanted. the only reason he was there that night was to prove something to his frieads. just stop commenting on this please. just leave it alone
Marietta Citizen
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May 18, 2011
Parents need to make sure their children don't hang out with the wrong people.To Antonio's parents,what was he doing walking around in the parking lot at 12:30 AM?You have to take some of the blame for your childs death.
nekeeta3518
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September 17, 2012
Antonio was suppose to be spending the night with a friend. I had no idea this was where he was.I absolutely take the blame for this because I am a good God fearing woman and I teach my children the best to my ability with morals and God fearing values.My children are very respectful, when speaking to adults the say yes ma'am and yes sir because that's the way i was raised. My only reget is the friends he had, but nev
nekeeta3518
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September 17, 2012
but never again will I let my children hang out with people I feel in my most inner heart and soul something is very wrong and I don't trust it. Believe me when I say I am still regeting that decision and I will for the rest of my life. Please remember that he was my son,my firstborn and it is very painful to hear some of the things you people are saying it is atrocious and cruel. Shame on you and i will pray for you... mother
another friend
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May 15, 2011
@Marietta Resident:

You have the right to say whatever you want, as we all do, but to insult Antonio's family members, girlfriend, and his friends, is just plain rude. We are shocked, hurt, and grieving. Some of the things you've said, like denouncing his loved ones as likely to be criminals, and insulting the grammar in some of these posts, are petty. We understand what it looks like when all you know about Antonio is what made it in the news, but what we are trying to do is commemorate the side of him we knew best-- a loving and caring individual. As difficult a pill as it may be to swallow, sometimes good people do bad things. Furthermore, your attempts at trying to make yourself seem better than us are paltry at best. Many of us, his loved ones, are hardworking and honorable, too. I, for one, am an honors student at a reputable out-of-state university-- I'm very smart, I know how to pick my friends, and I'm GLAD to have counted Antonio among them!
Marietta Resident
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May 13, 2011
Oh, and secondly, my child couldn’t be replaced in this headline because my child isn’t a criminal. He is raised with respect for others and respect for the rules and regulations set forth by our society. He is raised by both a mother and father, who are honorable, working class, taxpaying citizens who are setting a good example on how an adult should behave. If he misbehaves, he gets an appropriate punishment, and knows from that moment on what he did was wrong, and doesn’t do it again. We don’t let our child “hang with the wrong crowd.” His values and personality make him chose only the friends that can enhance his life for the better, not damage it beyond repair. To Antonio’s parents: stop blaming his “friends” and the brave Marietta Police officers for the fate of your son, and look in the mirror.
Marietta Resident
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May 13, 2011
A good person who makes a bad choice steals medicine for their children, or has a beer too many and tries to drive home. A good person does NOT attack people and rob them. A good person does not take people hostage and hold a gun to their head. No matter how many comments you submit with your poor grammar and horrendous spelling telling the world how great Antonio was, normal, taxpaying people know the truth: Antonio Tyler was a criminal, most of his family and friends are probably criminals and he deserved what he got.
Halle'
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May 12, 2011
first off all the negitive comments need to stop because that is just down right ignorant he was a good person i met him a couple of times and from wat i KNOW of him he was a sweet person with a kind heart n everytime i saw him he had a smile THAT is wat we are suppose to remember not ANY of the negitive save that for your personal life but any who rest in heavan tonio :)
Ash Ash
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May 12, 2011
I knew tonio. He was a beautiful person. He always wanted the best for me and my sister. HE ket me out of so much trouble. He didnt desirve this honestly he will be missed.. and to his gf if you ever read this I will be there for you antonio is like my big bro man i love him and would be honored to help raise his child
- A Friend?
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May 12, 2011
I Only Met Antonio Once or Twice, but he never triggered me as a bad person. He still doesn't. Antonio did not kill anybody, he was caught up in the wrong thing. It was just a bad stage of life, everyone goes through it. Antonio just made a bad decision & for everyone to be so proud of MPD ... I mean really? The shot a son friend, a brother, cousin, husband, father. When they did not have to shoot anyone at all, yes you may have told him to put the gun down, but did you tell him he was going to die if he didn't? I doubt that, anyways .. Im Very Sorry For Your Loss Tyler Family, & To His Wife & Child . My Prayers Are With You , He Will Be In Your Hearts Forever .
you imagine
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May 11, 2011
Imagine if that was your child in this news article& you read all these nast comments about how he deserved it,etc. Imagine how you would feel. I never knew how heartless, cruel & mean people could really be. Tonio, "Memphis", was a great person who always kept a smile on our faces. Beautiful,, was all he had to say to make me smile,& many others. You should imagine how you would feel if that name was replaced with your childs..
Marietta Resident
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May 11, 2011
This wasn't a "poor child," this was an 18 year old grown man who attacked a couple with a gun with the intention of robbing and perhaps more. That officer would not have shot him if he would have put his gun down and gave up, but instead he had a hostage and the brave Marietta police officer did his job and saved the hostage and perhaps the lives of the other men and women police officers on the scene. If you don’t want the chance of being shot, don’t be a criminal thug in our city.
only cause its not U
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May 09, 2011
I didn't really know this boy but my daughter did a

I myself had my own bad thoughts about him and my

daughter would tell me I'm wrong. Apparently he was

One of her better friends. Now I don't know much about

what his true character and I still believe what I believed

Before but with all that being said no mother wants to

find out her child is dead no matter what he did. You

I you're setting yourself up when you bad mouth someone

That has died especially the way Antonio did. Sounds like he

a lost soul trying to find his way and made a really bad decision. Its funny how they haven't mentioned who boys

supposingly had killed. Smdh
Marietta resident
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May 09, 2011
The punishment for robbery isn't murder.... Only those people who were there knows what happened...we can say "good job" to that officer, but was it a good job? We Don't know if he had to kill that young boy... but If I were the Officer I would want to make it back home to my family. I live in Marietta .. Look how people are celebrating death.... Death will someday touch all of our families. I wonder what would make an 18 yr old child rob ....there is something seriously wrong in Cobb Co.GA. There are very few opportunities for adults with degrees.. so children have even less options... Prayers goes out to the family.. "who feels it knows".. also we the people of Marietta feel it is crazy to charge the co-defendants with murder .. the police murdered a "suspect"- not a victim or a by-stander...
mrs. AntonioTyler
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May 09, 2011
hello. i am Antonio's girlfriend, and u have no idea what a beautiful person Antonio was. he was so loving. and he didnt deserve to die this way. he was so bright he couldve went so far in life. i am carrying his child inside me right now and this is the worst pain anyone can ever feel. my child will never meet his/her father. you guys need to think twice before posting those awful things on here. these comments are truely hurtful but i don't blame you beause you don't know him personally all you know is the horrible things the media is saying about him. please stop being ignorant because this could happen to anyone. R.I.P ANTONIO TYLER
Ms.MBooker
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June 04, 2012
Hi I know you dont know me but im Jacolby Booker fiance' and mother of his 15 month old daughter. Lord have mercy these ppl are ruthless to our loss even though I didnt know Antonio my fiance was close to him like they were cousins so your loss is my loss as well and ill be praying for you and your family. The courts sentence my fiance 45 years its not a life sentence and our daughter may not get to bond with him. They moved him from cobb to jackson now to another county close to the Tennessee line. If anyone knows how you feel it will be me. Keep your head up im here if you need someone to talk too.
another friend
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May 07, 2011
Antonio was a good person, he just made a bad decision and unfortunately, he paid the price with his life. He was one of the sweetest people I have ever known, and he didn't have to go out like this. However, I don't hold any ill will towards the officer, he was just following his training and trying to protect the hostages. It's a bad situation for all involved. If anyone has funeral info, all of his friends would like to go.
not another child
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May 07, 2011
This is a very sad situation and no one wins. No parent wants to hear their baby was killed and no good cop wants to kill anyone. Two lives and families are affected forever. A child is gone and a police officer will have to live with the image of killing someone for the rest of his life. Instead of judging either side, let's pray for these families that have been affected by this. We all need to figure out what we can do to help stop this new generation of teens from going down this path of destruction. Moving to nicer areas in not the solution in this economy with forclosure and unemployement touching every social economic demographic. MBAs, PHds and so on are fighting for high school diploma jobs. Builing more jails and giving longer jail time can't be the solution. Whatever caused the person to walk that path has to be fixed because there is always another person to follow after that one goes to jail. And if we don't work to fix it one individual at a time, we could easily be looking down the barrel of a gun and we might not be lucky enough for the police to get there in time.

Crime Max
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May 07, 2011
"He just got caught up with the wrong people."

Funny stuff--he was one of the "wrong people." Quit blaming crimes by thugs on "other people."

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