DECATUR, Ga. — Authorities say a suspect is dead and a police officer wounded after both were shot just outside Atlanta.
News outlets report four DeKalb County police officers confronted the suspect shortly before midnight Wednesday after responding to several calls of a “demented person” with a weapon in Decatur. Police Chief James Conroy says the suspect tried to get into a vehicle and gunfire erupted.
One officer was shot in the hand and the suspect was struck multiple times. It is unclear who first opened fire.
Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the suspect later died. The officer is listed in stable condition.
The suspect hasn’t been identified.
The officers involved are on routine administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.