Max Karneol

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Service Record

Cobb County Georgia Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2016.[1]
Salary $50,423 (2018)[2]
Last Known Status Active[1]


2019 Rotary Club Appreciation Award

On March 28, 2019, Karneol received the Rotary Club Appreciation Award.[3]

Incident Reports

2020 Death of Vincent Truitt

News report with video footage

On July 13, 2020, police chased a stolen car in which Truitt was a passenger. After police stopped the vehicle, Truitt ran away with a gun in his hand. Karneol shot Truitt twice in the back as he fled. Karneol and other officers rendered aid after the shooting until paramedics arrived. Truitt died the next day.[4][1]

The incident was captured by body-worn cameras and surveillance cameras.[1][5]

Response Timeline

In February 2021, a grand jury decided not to charge Karneol.[1]

On January 11, 2022, the family filed a $150 million excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit against Karneol and the county.[1]

On August 29, 2022, a judge declared the shooting to be "objectively reasonable" and did not violate a clearly established right. The judge granted qualified immunity to Karneol and dismissed the family's case.[4]

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