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Former Cop Faces Possible Life Sentence After Shooting of Unarmed, Naked Military Veteran

The trial of former DeKalb County Georgia police officer, Robert Olsen, started Monday for the shooting of an unarmed, naked veteran back in 2015.

Anthony Hill was shot in the parkign lot area of his aprtment complex on March 9, 2015 but Olsen who was responding to a call about a suspicios man. 

When Olsen arrived to the complex, Hill was naked and wandering around the parking area. According to Olsen, Hill rushed at him and he was in fear for his life when he shot him twice. 

Hill, who was completely naked and unarmed died from the shooting.

In addition to his gun, Olsen was armed with a taser, pepper spray, and a baton, however, the officer only used his gun to stop Hill.

Hill, a veteran of the Air Force, was 27 at the time of his death. He was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010 an area that was the site of frequent suicide bombings and rocket attacks at that time.

After completing his deployment and returning home to the U.S., Hill began to struggle with his mental health. He was diagnosed as bipolar and his family said he suffered post traumatic stress disorder from his time in Afghanistan. According to Hill’s family, he had stopped takign his medication at the time of the shooting.

Officer Robert Olsen was 52-years old at the time of the shooting in 2015. He was a veteran of the DeKalb County police force, having served seven years of duty as an officer. Olsen had never discharged his weapon in the line of duty until the day of the shooting. He has since resigned from the DeKalb County Police force.

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Olsen is facing 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. He rejected a plea deal in that would have had him serve 15 years in prison. Now, he faces a possible sentence of life behind bars, if convicted. 

Hill’s family also filed a civil rights lawsuit against Olsen and DeKalb Count. The suit implied that officials failed to provide adequate training for officers interacting with mentally ill people. A federal judge dismissed the claims against the county but not the suit against Olsen. 

Jury begins Monday, Sept. 23.

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