Man shot by Atlanta PD reportedly suffering from ‘mental health crisis’

Man shot security guard during struggle prior to being shot
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 8:52 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 11:10 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - An investigation is underway after a restaurant customer was fatally shot by Atlanta Police Wednesday night.

It happened on the 3100 block of Piedmont Road NE at the Fogo de Chão Brazilian steakhouse in Buckhead.

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The scene of a shooting involving an APD officer on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.
The scene of a shooting involving an APD officer on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.(CBS46)

According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers responded to an unruly patron armed with a handgun at the bar at Fogo de Chão. The officers arrived and found a 22-year-old man inside the restaurant and attempted to escort him outside but he did not comply and it escalated into a physical altercation.

APD says an officer deployed his taser but it was not effective and the man began heading toward the door of the restaurant when he was tackled to the ground by a security guard. The man then pulled out his gun and shot the security guard. At least one APD officer then fired their weapon, fatally striking the man, later identified as 22-year-old Nygil Cullins.

The security guard was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Nygil Cullins
Nygil Cullins(CBS46/WGCL)

CBS46 spoke with Cullins’ parents who said they arrived at the restaurant to learn their son was dead.

Quentin and Mya Cullins said they were with their son earlier in the evening at his apartment and had called 911 at one point to try to get him help for mental health crisis he was having. But before an officer arrived, Cullins had left the residence.

The couple adds that if police had only heard their cry, their son would still be alive.

APD says the restaurant was open and full of customers at the time but no patrons were injured during the incident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene and will investigate the shooting since it involved a police agency. The GBI says Cullins was a former employee of the restaurant.

This is the 50th shooting involving a police department that the GBI has been asked to investigate this year.