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The man killed during a deadly shootout at Atlanta’s ‘cop city’ has been identified as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26 and seven others were slapped with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass charges.

The 26-year-old was shot dead after allegedly opening fire at a Georgia State Patrol trooper during a ‘clearing operation’ of the so-called autonomous zone at the site of a future $90 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center on Wednesday.

Since June 2021, Antifa and other far-left extremists from across the US have occupied the area to prevent the construction of what they’ve dubbed ‘cop city.’

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) said a Georgia State Patrol trooper was shot and severely injured during the raid by a man camped in the area. Officers returned fire and killed the gunman, who allegedly used a pistol.

The man killed during a deadly shootout at Atlanta's 'cop city' has been identified as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, and seven others have been slapped with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass charges

The man killed during a deadly shootout at Atlanta’s ‘cop city’ has been identified as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26, and seven others have been slapped with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass charges

The injured Georgia State Patrol Trooper was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. Georgia’s Department of Public Safety said it will not name the injured patrol trooper, telling the post millennial it would ‘compromise security against criminal or terroristic acts due to retaliation.’

A handgun and shell casings were located at the scene.

During the multi-agency operation GBI said approximately 25 campsites were located and removed from the site.

Additionally, mortar style fireworks, multiple edged weapons, pellet rifles, gas masks, and a blow torch were recovered.

Three people contacted in connection with the materials were asked to provide their names to authorities and then let go.

During the multi-agency operation GBI said approximately 25 campsites were located and removed from the site. Seven others were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass, with additional charges pending (pictured)

During the multi-agency operation GBI said approximately 25 campsites were located and removed from the site. Seven others were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass, with additional charges pending (pictured)

Seven others were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and criminal trespass, with additional charges pending. They include:

  1. Geoffrey Parsons, age 20, of Maryland
  2. Timothy Murphy, age 25, of Maine
  3. Spencer Bernard Liberto, age 29, of Pennsylvania
  4. Matthew Ernest Macar, age 30, of Pennsylvania
  5. Sarah Wasilewski, age 35, of Pennsylvania
  6. Christopher Reynolds, age 31, of Ohio
  7. Teresa Shen, age 31, of New York

Shen is an alumna of the Manhattan liberal arts institution Barnard College, while Macar graduated with a master’s degree in international affairs from Penn State University in 2016, according to networking site linkedin.

Liberto and Wasilewski appear to be in a relationship based on social media photos and posts, and seem to have a long history of left leaning politics. 

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Wasilewski’s Twitter account shows she follows some Antifa groups and the ‘@defendatlantaforest’ account, which is the main social media group representing the autonomous zone.

Liberto (right) and Wasilewski (left) appear to be in a relationship based on social media photos and posts

Liberto (right) and Wasilewski (left) appear to be in a relationship based on social media photos and posts

Wasilewski's Twitter account shows she follows some Antifa groups and the '@defendatlantaforest' account, which is the main social media group representing the autonomous zone

Wasilewski’s Twitter account shows she follows some Antifa groups and the ‘@defendatlantaforest’ account, which is the main social media group representing the autonomous zone

She has also appeared to frequently like posts from far-left extremist Pittsburgh group, Filler Distro.

Filler Distro is one of several groups calling for violent retribution against law enforcement over the death of one of its members.

Filler Distro tweeted a call for ‘retaliation’ against police with further instructions from its now suspended twitter account ‘Scenes from the Atlanta Forest.’

According to screen shots obtained before the account was suspended, it said: ‘Consider this a call for reciprocal violence to be done to the police and their allies.’

‘On Friday, January 20th, wherever you are, you are invited to participate in a night of rage in order to honor the memory of our fallen comrade.’

The protestors, who call themselves forest defenders, are claiming the police ‘murdered’ one of their own and have been demanding ‘action’.

The Atlanta Community Press Collective paid tribute to Teran, who they say identified with they/it pronouns and also went by the names 'Cami,' 'Tortuguita' or 'Tort'

The Atlanta Community Press Collective paid tribute to Teran, who they say identified with they/it pronouns and also went by the names ‘Cami,’ ‘Tortuguita’ or ‘Tort’

In several posts sweeping social media, the group claims police are ‘lying’ and ‘refusing to release bodycam footage’ of the incident.

It also angrily rejected claims the protestor who was killed had shot at police first, going as far as to say the trooper was shot in ‘friendly fire.’

In a statement, the Defend Atlanta Forest said: ‘Forest defenders on the ground say they heard a round of 12 shots fired all at once around 9.04 am [Wednesday morning].’

‘This contradicts the back-and-forth shooting story pushed by police.

‘We have reason to believe the officer shot today was hit by ‘friendly fire’ and not by the protester who was killed.

‘Do not believe the police and their media. Demand an end to police militarization and hands off the forest.

Georgia State Patrol troopers swooped on the so-called autonomous zone at the site of a future $90million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center during a 'clearing operation'

Georgia State Patrol troopers swooped on the so-called autonomous zone at the site of a future $90million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center during a ‘clearing operation’

Tributes were laid out for the 'tree defender' who has now been identified as 26-year-old Teran

Tributes were laid out for the ‘tree defender’ who has now been identified as 26-year-old Teran

‘The police will kill you if given the chance. Now is the time for bravery. Take care of each other. Be dangerous together.’

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund added: ‘[Wednesday] morning Georgia State Patrol officers killed a protester in the South Atlanta Forest.

‘GSP has not released body camera footage or meaningful details, and we are concerned a police cover-up could be underway. We are preparing a legal team to investigate and pursue a wrongful death suit.’

A spokesperson for the GBI told the post millennial: ‘We are aware of these threats you mention and are monitoring them, along with our local, state, and federal partners.’

The Atlanta Community Press Collective paid tribute to Teran, who they say identified with they/it pronouns and also went by the names ‘Cami,’ ‘Tortuguita’ or ‘Tort.’

They wrote: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our friend who was killed by the police. Tortuguita was a kind, passionate, and loving person, cherished by their community.’

‘They spent their time between Atlanta, defending the forest from destruction and coordinating mutual aid for the movement and, and Florida where they helped build housing in low-income communities hit hardest by the hurricane.

‘They were a trained medic, a loving partner, a dear friend, a brave soul, and so much more. In Tort’s name, we continue to fight to protect the forest and stop cop city with love, rage, and a commitment to each other’s safety and well-being.’

Activists are now calling for a 'Night of Rage' and bloodshed against the police following the shooting – threatening to enact 'reciprocal violence' against the authorities

Activists are now calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ and bloodshed against the police following the shooting – threatening to enact ‘reciprocal violence’ against the authorities

The protestors, who call themselves forest defenders, are claiming police have 'murdered' one of their own and are demanding 'action'

The protestors, who call themselves forest defenders, are claiming police have ‘murdered’ one of their own and are demanding ‘action’

They also claim the trooper who was taken to hospital with injuries was shot in 'friendly fire'

They also claim the trooper who was taken to hospital with injuries was shot in ‘friendly fire’

Many people reached out to ACPC with memories and accounts of Tortuguita who was ‘cherished by many friends, loved ones, and people who they supported with mutual aid.’

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also commented on the shooting and said he and his family were praying for law enforcement officers.

He said: ‘Marty, the girls, and I are praying for this brave Trooper and public safety officers across all law enforcement agencies today.

‘As our thoughts remain with him and his family, our resolve also remains steadfast and strong to see criminals brought to justice.’

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Some ‘anonymous’ members of the Atlanta Forest Defenders appeared in an Open Society Foundations-sponsored story about the autonomous zone in The Guardian.

George Soros is the chairman of the OSF and has given away more than $32billion of his personal fortune to fund the group.

Soros is one of the world’s best-known philanthropists and is also known for funding many ‘woke’ district attorneys, whose policies have been blamed for soaring violent crime across the U.S.

Hertel was pictured screaming as she was arrested in December, and was carried off by two officers while wearing an orange jacket

Hertel was pictured screaming as she was arrested in December, and was carried off by two officers while wearing an orange jacket

Nicholas Olsen  was charged with domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, interference with government property and obstruction

Serena Hertel, 25, has been charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, obstruction, and inciting a riot

Nicholas Olsen (left) was charged with domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, interference with government property and obstruction. Serena Hertel (right) , 25, has been charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, aggravated assault, obstruction, and inciting a riot

Francis Carroll is the son of a millionaire Maine surgeon who grew up in a stunning mansion in one of the most luxurious beach towns on the east coast, DailyMail.com previously revealed

Francis Carroll is the son of a millionaire Maine surgeon who grew up in a stunning mansion in one of the most luxurious beach towns on the east coast, DailyMail.com previously revealed

Arieon Robinson was charged with criminal trespass, obstruction, and domestic terrorism

Leonard Vioselle was charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, and possession of tools of the crime

Arieon Robinson (left) was charged with criminal trespass, obstruction, and domestic terrorism, while Leonard Vioselle (right) was charged with criminal trespass, domestic terrorism, and possession of tools of the crime

In May, eight militants were arrested after police patrolling the area were assaulted and pelted with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Five people were arrested on December 13 for allegedly plotting terror attacks at the soon-to-be police academy.

Serena Hertel, 25, of California, Leonard Voiselle, 20, of Macon, Georgia, Nicholas Dean Olson, 25, of Bennington, Nebraska, Francis M. Carroll, 22, of Kennebunkport, Maine and Arieon Robinson, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were arrested.

DailyMail.com previously revealed that Carroll is the son of surgeon Dr Mike Carroll and grew up in a $2million five-bedroom and four-bathroom mansion in Kennebunkport – as well as enjoying time on his parents’ yacht.

Left-wing groups used Twitter to fundraise bail for the suspects after another six were arrested in August – charged with various crimes from burglary to criminal damage.

Members of the group tried to burn a man to death after he drove into the area.

After its members were arrested the Defend the Atlanta Forest group held a protest outside of Dekalb County Jail and let off explosive fireworks.

The Atlanta Jail Support, a project of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, also issued calls to fundraise bail money for the terror suspects using Twitter.

Convictions of domestic terrorism carry with it sentences of anywhere between five and 35 years in prison.

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