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Police officer indicted in shooting death of black Air Force veteran

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Anthony Hill (center) with his parents
Anthony Hill Jr. (center) with his parents, Anthony Hill, Sr., and Carolyn Baylor Glummo.

A DeKalb County (Georgia) Grand Jury has indicted a police officer in the March 9, 2015, shooting death of an unarmed Air Force veteran suffering from bipolar disorder.

The grand jury on Thursday returned a “true bill” of indictment against Robert Olsen, a police officer with De Kalb County Police Department, in the deadly shooting of 27-year-old Anthony Hill, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Police officer Robert Olsen has been charged in Anthony Hill's murder.
Police officer Robert Olsen has been charged in Anthony Hill’s murder.

Olsen, who is white, was indicted on two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer, De Kalb District Attorney Robert D. James said in a statement issued by his office.

Hill was reportedly naked and crawling across the parking lot of his apartment complex in Chamblee, Ga., when Olsen shot him to death. The indictment charged Olsen falsely claimed Hill physically assaulted him prior to the shooting.

After investigating the deadly shooting, James announced he would seek an indictment.


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Olsen will be the first law enforcement officer in Georgia in at least five years for fatally shooting a civilian while on duty. Olsen, who has been on paid leave since the shooting, turned himself into police after a judge signed a warrant for his arrest.

 

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