Grand jury indicts Georgia cop who shot and killed mentally-ill Air Force veteran
A grand jury in Dekalb County, Georgia moved on Friday to indict a local police officer for the first time since 2010, WSB-TV reported.
The jurors decided that Robert Olsen should be charged with felony murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Air Force veteran Anthony Hill last March. Olsen was also charged with aggravated assault, making a false statement, and violating his oath as a public officer. A warrant has been issued for the officer’s arrest.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Olsen testified that he shot Hill out of fear for his own life during the encounter, after Hill — who was naked and unarmed at the time — began running toward him.
Witnesses said that Hill slowed to “a trot” when the officer ordered him to stop. He was not accused of threatening any of his neighbors in an apartment complex in Chambee, Georgia before Olsen arrived at the scene.
The Guardian reported that Hill was believed to be going through a psychotic break at the time of the encounter. He was discharged from military service after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and his girlfriend has said he also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder related to his service in Afghanistan.
Supporters of Hill’s family reportedly began chanting “all six counts” upon learning of the grand jury’s decision.