Atlanta police fatally shoot man near public safety building

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Posted: Jan 27, 2017 4:54 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer shot a man to death outside an Atlanta Public Safety annex when the man tried to flee in a car while another officer was partially inside of it, authorities said Friday.

The two officers had gone to the building Thursday night to file paperwork when they noticed a suspicious man in a car in the parking lot, authorities said.

Officers initiated a conversation and the man exited the vehicle, then lunged back into the car and tried to flee, police said in a news release.

"One of the investigators was partially in the passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle fled," the release said.

Police said the man, identified by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as 24-year-old Deaundre Phillips, had a warrant for his arrest from Fulton County and had a lengthy criminal history as well as gang affiliation. They also said a firearm was seen on the vehicle's passenger side floorboard.

The race of the officer and the suspect has not been released.

Atlanta police Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said the officers weren't injured.

The GBI is looking into circumstances of the Thursday evening shooting on the city's northwest side.