Law enforcement agent shot after responding to incorrect house

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Ben Gray/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

DeKalb County policeman work at the scene where an Atlanta-based officer was shot Monday evening, Aug. 31, 2015, 5 miles from Atlanta.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015|9 p.m.

ATLANTA– A policeman was shot and seriously wounded Monday when he reacted to a call of a suspicious person and appeared at the wrong home, authorities said.

The homeowner was likewise shot in the leg and his pet was killed in exactly what DeKalb County cops Chief Cedric Alexander is calling a complicated shooting. Officers fired their weapons, the chief said, however it’s unclear if the house owner had a weapon.

Alexander said his department would normally manage the investigation because it did not involve a death, but because of the unusual circumstance, he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to check out it.

“We did respond to the incorrect residence tonight and after that these other circumstances unfolded,” he stated.

Alexander stated the scenario happened like this: A community local called 911 at 7:34 p.m. to report a suspicious person and explained a the home of the dispatcher. Three officers reacted to a residence that fit the description the caller provided 911. The officers went to the back of the house and discovered that a screen door and a rear door were unlocked.

“That in and of itself would probably suggest to anybody that it is possible that there could be intruders within, but it ended up not to be the case,” Alexander stated. “Somewhere at the rear of that home, some things occurred that have yet to be identified.”

The officers had actually just entered the home when the gunfire emerged.

“There was gunfire, I simply can not inform you who fired and who did not,” he stated.

An officer was shot in the leg and lost a great deal of blood. He was hurried to the health center and was undergoing surgical treatment. The homeowner was also taken to the health center.

The house owner’s sweetheart was at the home at the time of the shooting and called 911.

Derek Perez informed The Associated Press that he reported the suspicious individual. He stated he was walking his canine when he saw a male knock on a next-door neighbor’s door then just stand in the yard. He said he then heard a loud sound, a pet dog barking and didn’t see the man anymore. There had actually been burglaries in the area just recently, so he called 911, he stated.

Simply as he was about to go into his house, he heard the gunshots, but they didn’t come from your home where he had reported the suspicious person.

Police were still investigating whether there was a burglary at the house where the suspicious individual was found.

All three officers have actually been placed on management leave.

The shooting took place in a community about 5 miles from downtown Atlanta.

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