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GBI investigates deadly police shootings involving fake guns

February 7, 2018

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into a string of deadly police shootings involving replica handguns that often look just like real guns.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells WSB-TV the four shootings that happened over the past few weeks are still open.

Last week, a man armed with an airsoft pistol and a murder suspect armed with a BB gun were shot and killed by police in Gwinnett County and Savannah, respectively.

In addition, police also shot and killed a robbery suspect armed with a BB gun in East Point last week. Days before that, a robbery suspect allegedly armed with a BB gun was shot and killed by a police officer in Dunwoody.

Retired GBI official Moses Ector says the replica guns look identical to real guns, making it hard to quickly know if the threat is real.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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