Nicholas Thomas Shot and Killed by Georgia Police While Inside Maserati

Nicholas Thomas Shot and Killed by Georgia Police While Inside Maserati

Nicholas Thomas, 23, can be added to the growing list of African-American men who have been killed by police officers.

Published March 25, 2015

Nicholas Thomas can be added to the growing list of African-American men who have been killed by police officers. Police in Smyrna, Georgia, say they feared for their lives when they shot at Thomas, 23, Tuesday afternoon at a parking lot while he was inside a Maserati, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Smyrna and Cobb County officers showed up to Thomas's job at a Goodyear Service Center to serve him with an arrest warrant. Thomas reportedly left when he saw the officers and entered a white Maserati. Thomas drove the vehicle toward officers, police say. Officers then opened fire on Thomas and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A witness said Thomas was driving in a different direction and not toward officers. The vehicle eventually hit the curb. "He was a loveable guy, he would do anything for anybody," Thomas's mother said, according to 11Alive.com. "He loved cars, he loved his family. He just had a baby. She's not even 5 months old!"

Thomas had a criminal history. In 2014, he was convicted of aggravated assault on an officer. On March 21, 2013, he was accused of driving a vehicle towards a Kennesaw State University officer.

The Smyrna Police Department are reportedly investigating the incident.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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