3 officers wounded in Atlanta street altercation that left suspect dead


ATLANTA (AP) — Three Atlanta police officers were hospitalized with gunshot wounds after an altercation that left a suspect dead Saturday evening, authorities said.

Officers responded at 5:15 p.m. to a report of an armed man in a commercial area on Fairbanks Street and encountered a man with a handgun and a knife on Desoto Avenue, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said during a news conference.

“During that encounter there was a struggle, there was gunfire that resulted in three of our officers being injured. It also resulted in the death of the individual that was armed with the handgun,” Schierbaum said.

The police department did not immediately identity the deceased man. Police did not believe anyone else was involved, Schierbaum said.

The three officers were transported in police patrol vehicles to Grady Memorial Hospital. One officer was shot in the shoulder, another was shot in the leg and the third suffered a grazing wound. Two of the officers were expected to undergo surgery, Schierbaum said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will lead the probe into the shooting, he said.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said he spoke with the officers at the hospital and they were “alert, conscious and breathing.”

Hours later in Atlanta, two people were killed and four were wounded in a nightclub shooting. Police said it happened after a fight broke out in the Elleven45 Lounge in the city’s Buckhead neighborhood, WSB-TV reported.

Officers were called to the club at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. They were searching for a suspect but did not immediately release a name or description of that person. Investigators were reviewing the club’s surveillance footage.

Police did not immediately release names of those killed or wounded, but said all were between about 20 and 30 years old.

One of those killed was a man and one was a woman.

The two wounded men and two wounded women were taken to hospitals and were expected to survive, said Lt. Andrew Smith, Atlanta police homicide commander.