Georgia Bureau of Investigation

05/18/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/18/2024 05:36

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Cobb County

May 18, 2024

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Cobb County

Mableton, GA (5/17/24) -  The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Cobb County, Georgia. The Cobb County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on May 17, 2024. One man later identified as Clifford Jacoby Beck, age 40, of Griffin, GA, was shot and killed. No officers were injured in this incident.

The preliminary information indicates shortly before 2:40 p.m., a Cobb County Police Officer saw a stolen box-style truck near Mableton Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway. The officer requested additional units as they followed the stolen truck. Officers followed the truck into the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of Old Floyd Road and Fontaine Road where they attempted to block the truck in. A passenger in the truck immediately got out of the truck and complied with officers' instructions. The driver of the truck (Beck) attempted to drive out of the parking lot and drove into officers' vehicles. Officers fired into the truck, hitting Beck. The tires of the truck continued to spin, and the truck and one patrol car caught on fire. Officers removed Beck from the truck, and EMS personnel & firefighters provided medical aid as firefighters extinguished the fire. Beck was taken to a local hospital where he died. The Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

The GBI will continue an independent investigation. Once complete, the case file will be given to the Cobb County District Attorney's Office for review.


Director, Office of Public & Governmental AffairsNelly Miles