Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said Saturday his office is working to see if this surveillance video taken the night a security guard was killed by a sheriff’s deputy can be enhanced to determine what happened leading up to the shooting.
Fortner provided the video to the Sentinel and said he released it to the media in an effort to be transparent about the process.
Bobby Daniels, a CNN security guard, was shot and killed by Douglas County sheriff’s deputy James Barber the night of Dec. 21 at Arbor Village mobile home park in Douglasville.
Bobby Daniels and his son Bias were struggling for a gun and it was pointed in the direction of deputies when the shooting occurred, according to the GBI’s initial report released immediately after the incident.
The video is actually two separate clips because Fortner said the camera appeared to be motion activated. Fortner said it’s not clear if the video shows the actual shooting, but that he hopes enhancement of the video will shed light on what happened.
At 8:34 p.m. on the video a car drives past and parks at the end of the row. At 8:39 p.m. deputies can be seen arriving and shining flashlights.
Chris Stewart, the Atlanta civil rights attorney representing Bobby Daniels’ family, held a news conference late Friday where he contended that Bobby Daniels “never went for the gun” and that he has two eyewitnesses who will corroborate that.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation turned over its findings last week to Fortner’s office. Fortner said is now looking at all of the evidence to determine if the case warrants being presented to the grand jury.
Authorities said Bias Daniels kidnapped a security guard at the mobile home park located off Midway Road in Douglasville just north of Interstate 20 the night of Dec. 21, 2015.
The security guard reportedly got free and called 911, which led to the deputies arriving at the mobile home park the night of the shooting.
Fortner said on Wednesday that Bias Daniels is charged with multiple counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault, obstruction and marijuana possession and is scheduled for arraignment on April 11th.