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Investigators probe police shooting of unarmed man

April 10, 2003 

(Marietta-AP) -- Investigators continue to probe the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Cobb County police officer -- an incident which has drawn criticism from a civil rights group.

Cobb police spokesman Corporal Dana Pierce said 28-year-old Ervin Bernard Maynard refused to show both his hands and then made "threatening and aggressive movements" toward the officers when they went to his apartment Wednesday to arrest him for a parole violation.

Mickey Lloyd, Cobb's director of public safety, says he will withhold judgment of the officer's action pending the outcome of a police investigation.

The Reverend Markel Hutchins, of the Atlanta-based National Youth Connection, said "This has all the signs of a police officer shooting first and asking questions later." The state Board of Pardons and Paroles -- which had three officers at the scene -- said it was the first time in Georgia a person was shot while being served a warrant for violating parole. The parole board has started its own investigation.

Four county police were assisting parole board officers in serving the warrant against Maynard, who was paroled in November 2001 after serving five months of a four-year sentence for cocaine possession. Maynard was arrested again for possession of crack cocaine in November, released on $10,000 bond in February and placed under electronic monitoring. The surveillance indicated he left his house over the weekend without permission.

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