Atlanta Police say an “unruly patron” shot a security guard at a Buckhead restaurant Wednesday evening and then was fatally shot by a police officer at the scene.

Around 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão on Piedmont Road, “regarding an unruly patron who was armed with a handgun,” said the Atlanta Police Department.

“Officers encountered the suspect inside the business and attempted to escort him out,” said APD in a news release. “The suspect was not cooperative and the encounter escalated to a physical altercation.”

Police said an officer deployed a taser, but it was not effective.

“At that point, the suspect produced his firearm and fired one round, striking the security guard. At least one of our officers then discharged their weapon, fatally striking the suspect.”

Fox 5 said they spoke with multiple witnesses who dove under tables when shots were fired. During the incident, Piedmont Road was closed from East Paces Ferry Road to Peachtree Road.

A video was posted online showing the scene inside the restaurant.

Deputy Chief Charles Hampton at a press conference said the security guard is in stable condition. He said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

WSB-TV identified the man who was shot and killed as 22-year-old Nygil Cullins, a former employee at Fogo de Chão. The news station talked with Cullins’ parents, who said he was suffering from mental health issues.

In a Facebook post, his mother Mya Speller Cullins said, “I pray that everyone that’s in a position to protect and treat our community please get the necessary training you need to effectively respond to individuals struggling with mental health issues.”

Update: This story was updated with additional information, including the name of the man who was shot and killed during the incident.

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