DECATUR, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – A DeKalb County Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot while responding to a domestic violence call.
The unidentified officer was one of many who responded to a report of domestic violence on the 3000 block of Fire Oak Drive in Decatur.
Officials told FOX 5 that the situation started as a standoff between an armed man and police.
When shots started ringing out after the suspect threatened a woman with a gun, police stormed the residence.
“As officers responded they did hear gunshots from the location. Shortly thereafter the male came to the door, was holding a gun to the female’s head and retreated,” DeKalb County Police Chief J.W. Conroy said.
When they entered the home, police found the female victim with a gunshot wound. Medics rushed her to the hospital, where she is in stable condition. The armed suspect was found within minutes and surrendered.
During a search of the home, an officer standing outside attempted to adjust his equipment and accidentally discharged his shotgun, the bullet of which ricocheted into an officer the GBI reported.
The officer is has been treated and released. The armed suspect is custody, officials said.
The GBI is currently investigating the shooting.