William Simpkins, 39

Atlanta, Georgia
March 17, 2020

Agencies: Atlanta Police Department Georgia

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 3 years ago


Shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Atlanta police were called to the 1000 block of Juniper Street after receiving numerous calls about a man "displaying" a gun in the area. The police ultimately shot and killed the man, 39-year-old William Simpkins, of Atlanta.

Investigators said police tried to talk with Simpkins and while contacting him he shot at officers and the officers returned fire. Simpkins then fled to the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and S. Prado. That's where police opened fire again, striking Simpkins.

The suspect was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The GBI said one officer received a grazing head injury and another was shot in his foot. Both officers were treated at Grady and have since been released.