Police Line Do Not Cross

The GBI has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting at a home in Decatur.

According to DeKalb County Police, officers were called to a vacant home on the 2500 block of Terrace Trail around 6 p.m. on reports of a man wielding a knife. When they arrived, the man allegedly lunged at them with a large knife, forcing one of the officers to use a firearm. The suspect then went inside the home and wouldn't come out. The suspect was later identified as 35-year-old Matthew Williams. 

Police say the man came back outside and another confrontation occurred in which a shot was fired by an officer. The man then ran back inside the home where he was later found dead. Investigators say it is unclear if Williams was struck by gunfire. When officers attempted to take Willams into custody, he was still holding the knife, police reported. 

According to a statement from the GBI, an officer attempted to tase Williams, which was ineffective, followed by at least one officer firing his weapon at Williams. 

When the DeKalb County SWAT unit arrived, they entered the apartment and found Williams dead on the scene. 

One officer sustained a minor injury during the incident and was treated onsite by EMS, officials told CBS46 News. 

Stay with CBS46 News for updates.

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