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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A new video obtained exclusively by 11Alive News shows DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen moments after fatally shooting Anthony Hill.

The video, recorded on a cell phone by a resident of the Chamblee-area apartment complex where the shooting occurred, shows Olsen walking around Hill's body and talking to witnesses. He appears to be the only officer on the scene until two-and-a-half minutes in, when another officer arrives. Olsen appears to explain what happened before sirens can be heard in the distance and two EMTs walk over.

Early in the video, Olsen asks a bystander, "Are you serious?" when the man tries to get too close to Hill's body. Olsen then directs the man to step back. He also asks two witnesses what they saw, then separates them.

Criminal defense attorney and former police officer Philip Holloway said he thinks Olsen was doing the best he could after the shooting.

"He knows what's coming. He knows this is going to be investigated very thoroughly. He's doing his best to preserve the scene and separate witnesses so they don't co-mingle their stories, so that investigators can get to the truth," Holloway said.

While looking at a still frame that shows Olsen kneeling next to the body, Holloway said, "This shows an officer who is heartbroken about the human tragedy that has just unfolded. It gives some insight into what was going through his head at the time of the shooting."

The big question now, according to Holloway, is why Olsen did not use his Taser, which can be clearly seen on his utility belt in the video.

Protesters have called for better mental health training for officers after Hill's diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public. The 27-year-old Air Force veteran had been struggling after returning home from overseas and was in treatment for mental health issues.

The GBI is currently reviewing the case and will eventually turn its findings over to the district attorney's office.

11Alive has filed an open records request for Olsen's full employment history.

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