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Suspect killed, 2 officers grazed in Atlanta shooting

PTI | Atlanta | Updated: 17-03-2020 22:34 IST | Created: 17-03-2020 21:30 IST
Suspect killed, 2 officers grazed in Atlanta shooting
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Atlanta police killed an armed suspect near one of the city's most famous parks in a shooting on Tuesday morning, authorities said. Two officers suffered minor injuries. The shooting occurred near Piedmont Park in the city's Midtown neighborhood, the police department tweeted.

When police officers arrived to engage a man who was firing rounds, the man fired at an officer and grazed him in the head, police spokesman Carlos Campos said. Authorities shot back and killed the suspect, Campos said. "It was later determined a second officer felt pain in his foot and we believe he, too, was grazed by gunfire resulting from the shooting," Campos added.

The officer grazed in the head was taken to a hospital to be checked out, and was expected to be released soon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Investigators did not immediately release information about the dead suspect.

Witnesses who live close to Piedmont Ave. said they saw multiple police cars racing toward the scene. "About the time (the officers) got onto Piedmont, they hopped out of their cars with the guns and started shooting down Piedmont toward the botanical gardens," Abby Downs, a local resident, told the newspaper.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been requested to investigate the shooting, said Nelly Miles, the agency's spokeswoman.


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