A 92-year-old woman died in a shootout with Atlanta police after wounding three narcotics officers who tried to force their way into her house while serving a warrant in a drug search.
But neighbors and relatives say it's a case of mistaken identity. Police say the woman, identified as Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time, and had lived in the home for about 17 years.
Assistant Chief Alan Dreher says the officers had a legal warrant and “knocked and announced” before they forced open the door. He said they were justified in returning fire when they were fired upon.
The plainclothes Atlanta police officers were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police say one was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder, and all three were conscious and alert.
Sarah Dozier, identified as Johnston's niece, says there were never any drugs at the house. Dozier says her aunt must have panicked when the police forced their way into the home. She says the officers “shot her down like a dog.”
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