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Prosecutor Seeks Murder Charges Against Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Near Atlanta

Officer Robert Olsen fatally shot Anthony Hill, an Afghanistan war veteran, in March 2015.

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The DeKalb County, Ga. District Attorney announced that he will seek a criminal indictment against the police officer who fatally shot 27-year-old Anthony Hill, who was naked and unarmed at the time of the March 2015 incident.

In a press conference Thursday morning, district attorney Robert James said he will recommend a criminal grand jury to indict officer Robert Olsen on two counts of felony murder, two counts of violation of oath, making a false statement, and aggravated assault.

"Ultimately it is going to be up to a grand jury as to whether or not Officer Robert Olsen is charged with felony murder," James said, adding that the criminal grand jury will hear evidence later this month.

Olsen fatally shot Hill, an Afghanistan war veteran, after responding to a report of a suspicious person in March 2015. When Olsen arrived at the scene, he allegedly found Hill naked and running around his apartment complex in Chamblee, Georgia, 14 miles northeast of Atlanta.

At the time, Cedric Alexander, director of the DeKalb County Public Safety Department said Hill charged toward the officer when he was asked to stop. That is when Olsen, a 7-year veteran of the department, shot Hill.

Hill's family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, claiming he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was bipolar, and have also questioned why Olsen, did not use the taser he had with him at the time of the shooting.

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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