1 civilian dead, 2 officers shot near Atlanta

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By: CBS Atlanta
April 4, 2019

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (CBS46) – A possible domestic situation in Georgia turned deadly Thursday when one civilian was killed, and two Henry County police officers were shot.

According to Captain Joey Smith of the Henry County Police, officers responded to a 911 call on the 300 block of Eagle Court in the Eagle Ridge subdivision around 10:45 a.m. The officers were responding to a “trouble unknown call” and Captain Smith said they had exigent circumstances to try to enter the home.

Once the officers were able to open the door and enter the home, gun shots were fired and both officers were hit. Henry County Police said the officers who were hit did not fire back at the suspect and evacuated the house.

Both officers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with what Captain Smith said were non-life-threatening injuries. Smith said one of the officers was hit in the upper torso but couldn’t get into the details of their injuries. Both officers are in their 30’s and members of the SWAT team, Smith said.

CBS46's Sally Sears spoke to a family member of one of the officers who said their son-in-law had been shot.

“He’s an army veteran, two tours in Iraq/Afghanistan and he’s been on the force for a while," said Rick Coursey. "It’s a terrible tragedy, not a tragedy, but an accident."

Captain Smith said a 16-year-old was in the home with the gunman. Police were negotiating with the gunman to get the juvenile released, but Smith didn’t know what, if anything, has been requested by the shooter.

Smith said police are communicating with the male shooter and are working to de-escalate the situation. The primary focus for police now is securing the release of the juvenile and making sure no one else gets hurt, Smith said.

The shooting has caused delays and traffic issues in the area. Immediately after the shooting, parts of I-75 North were completely shut down for almost an hour. Police have asked for people to avoid the area around Eagle Court until the situation has been resolved.



 
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