A video has been released showing former Cobb County Police Officer, James Caleb Elliot, shooting at an unarmed teenager eight times.
The harrowing footage shows the cop, who put in notice of his resignation a few days before the incident, chase after the 16-year-old boy through the quiet neighborhood in Georgia.
Channel 2 Action News obtained the bodycam video of the distressing episode.
Tahirahana Williams, the mother of the victim, spoke out about the incident which saw Cobb County Police Officer, James Caleb Elliot, shoot at her unarmed teenager eight times
The shooting, which took place November 6 2016, ended with the suspect surviving a wound to the leg.
Almost a year later his mother, Tahirahana Williams, has spoken out.
She said: ‘You just don’t expect it to be you, but my thing is, it could be. People need to know that this happened in my neighborhood.’
The incident in 2016 began when Elliot received a suspicious carjacker call and he managed to track down the car in question.
The teen suspect can be seen running away from Elliot after he panicked when the officer approached the car with a gun
The harrowing footage then shows the cop chasing after the 16-year-old boy through the quiet neighborhood in Georgia
Once he arrived at the scene there were four young people in the supposed carjacked vehicle.
Tanya Miller, who is the lawyer for the teen’s family, admitted the 16-year-old shouldn’t have been in the car but that he had nothing to do with the reported carjacking that occurred three days prior.
Miller also revealed that he shouldn’t have run from the officer but he merely did that because he was scared when Elliot approached the vehicle with a gun.
She said: ‘He shot his service weapon eight times toward the back of an unarmed teenager. Blitz were flying through this neighborhood.’
The incident began when Eliot received a suspicious carjacker call, he then tracked down the car in question, which the teen was sitting in
Elliot approached the supposed carjacked vehicle with his gun in hand
The officer continued to walk towards the teen in the car with his gun
After the teenager ran away, Elliot proceeded to run after him firing his gun – which he says was merely a warning shot.
He fired the gun seven more times after that in the quaint Cobb neighborhood, eventually he managed to shoot the suspect in the back of the leg.
Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register, who wasn’t chief when officer Elliot shot the teen, was quick to condemn the actions of his former colleague.
‘We certainly don’t want our officers to further endanger the public,’ he said.
‘Using hindsight, that was not a decision I would have made,’ the Chief of Cobb County Police concluded.
After the teen ran away from Elliot he fired the gun at the back of the young boy – which he said was a warning shot
Elliot continued to chase the boy through the neighborhood
However, Lance LoRusso, Elliot’s lawyer, fired back with: ‘Law enforcement don’t get to choose where confrontations occur therefore they don’t get to choose where they use deadly force.’
‘He acted lawfully, and a grand jury agreed,’ Elliot’s attorney said in a statement.
‘He acted heroically and employed a tremendous amount of training to render first aid immediately on the scene,’ LoRusso added.
Ultimately, District Attorney Vic Reynolds concluded that Elliot’s action were legally justifiable because the officer believed he was chasing a carjacker – a violent felon -even if that wasn’t to be the case.