Body camera footage shows 68-year-old man being shot by Clayton County Police

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 6:03 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 11:25 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Clayton County Police have released body camera footage showing the moment they shot and killed a man whose family says he was checking for burglars in Jonesboro.

Police say they shot 68-year-old Charles Calhoun because he pointed a gun at them and wouldn’t drop it even after being told.

Calhoun’s family says he was outside because he heard a noise and was checking for burglars and likely fell in the street due to lingering side effects from a rough bout with COVID-19. They insist he would not point a gun at police officers.

The shooting happened March 23 just before sunrise. Video obtained that day shows moments leading up to the shooting.

The family has hired an attorney. CBS46 reached out to both CCPD and the Calhoun Family Attorney. CCPD responded by saying they will not be releasing any new information outside of what was released today and chose not to answer questions about the footage posed by CBS46.

The Calhoun family attorney responded in part with the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that the Clayton County Police Department elected to release this information without arranging to meet with the family first. In the coming days, the family will review the video posted on YouTube and issue a public statement.”