Atlanta, Georgia – After nearly eight hours of deliberation, the jury decided that Officer Max H. Carnelian had the right to use lethal force when he killed Vincent Truitt.
After the chase on July 13, the teenager jumped out of a stolen Nissan Altima behind a warehouse on the Riverside Parkway and appeared to be fleeing Carnelian when he was shot.
The camera image of the officer’s body shows the gun in Truitt’s hand. Authorities said the gun was later recovered from the crime scene.
Karneol did not seem to be issuing any commands or instructing the teenager to drop the gun before opening fire, but Broady said the officer did not have to do so based on his training.
“Each of our law enforcement agencies has an operating procedure for the use of force,” Broady said. “If an officer is pursuing a criminal who has a weapon, which may pose a danger to others, he has the ability to shoot and use deadly force.”
“There is no justice in Cobb County,” attorney Gerald Griggs said. “A man was shot in his back as he was running away from law enforcement. He posed no threat, and he was shot in the back and killed.”
The car he was traveling in was stolen almost 24 hours earlier in Atlanta. The chase began when the license plate reader noticed the car’s tag and alerted the officers.
Cox said the officer who fired the fatal shots was placed on administrative leave after the shooting but returned to duty.