Zechariah Presley, a 25-year-old Georgia police officer, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office after she fatally shot Anthony Marcel Green on June 21.
According to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Presley was following a vehicle that stopped at an intersection on June 21 when the driver, later identified as Green, and the passenger ran.
Presley pursued Green and eventually caught him before Green attempted to flee again. At this time, Presley fired multiple shots, killing Green.
Following the shooting, Presley was placed on administrative leave. He surrendered to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 27 — six days after the shooting.
Presley, 25, who has been on the force for just over a year, was placed on administrative leave by the Police Department after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he shot and killed Green, 33, following a short chase Wednesday night.
Among the documents included in Presley’s personnel file was his application. In the application, he was found to have 10 flags that warranted further inquiring, including domestic violence, marijuana use and repeatedly shouting at people. The Police Department still hired Presley in June 2017.
According to the documents in his file, before the police-involved shooting, Presley had nine incidents during his year and a month on the force.
While the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reviewed video from Presley’s patrol car and body cam, said efforts were being made to enhance the video for a clear view of the events that occurred.
Reginald Greene, an attorney for the Green family, released a statement saying that the family is “seeking justice”:
“Tony Green was gunned down in cold blood by Officer Presley. We are encouraged by his swift arrest, but we intend to remain vigilant until he is brought to justice and the family is able to get answers as to why this happened in the first place. The senseless killings of black men by police must stop.”
Green, 33, was a father of two.