Medical Examiner: Teen Shot by Cobb Cop was a Homicide

Vincent Truitt was shot 2 times in the back

Maria Boynton
October 06, 2020 - 2:32 pm
Vincent Truitt (r) is seen in a photo with his grandmother

(Photo Credit: Family0


Attorneys for the family of Vincent Truitt are detailing what they learned during a private meeting with GBI Director Vic Reynolds. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Truitt’s death was a homicide.

Truitt was shot by police on July 13, 2020 on Riverside Parkway in Austell. Initial reports from the Cobb County Police Department indicated that Truitt had been shot after he ran from a stolen vehicle that officers were trying to pull over. The police reported that Truitt had “brandished” a weapon and that’s when he was shot.

Yet, according to Attorney Gerald Griggs, GBI Director Vic Reynolds told him and Truitt’s family, that the 17 year old never pointed a gun at any officer. Reynolds, who watched video of the incident, according to Griggs, says that Truitt was shot in the back twice as he ran away, and that the officer never commanded Truitt to drop his weapon, stop, or not to move.

According to GBI Spokeswoman Nelly Miles, “At this time, the GBI is not releasing additional statements on this open case. The investigation will be completed in the coming weeks and provided to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office for the next steps.”

Griggs is now requesting a meeting with the Cobb County D.A. to discuss criminal charges being brought against the officer who shot Truitt.

According to Griggs' co-counsel Attorney Maria Banjo, “The fact that there was no soot or stippling on the surrounding skin indicates that 17-year-old Vincent Truitt was not shot at close range.” Banjo goes on to say,  ”The death has been ruled a homicide. In the spirit of transparency and accountability, it’s time for Cobb County Police to release any and all video related to Vincent Truitt’s death.”