Investigators: Georgia officer likely shot by other officers

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ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who arrived at the wrong metro Atlanta home for a report of suspicious activity shot the man who lives there, killed his dog and “likely” shot a fellow officer, leaving him seriously wounded, authorities said Tuesday.

The bloody misunderstanding began when DeKalb County police received a report of a possible burglary. Officers were sent in the dark to a neighborhood in southeast Atlanta where many of the single-story homes look similar.

Three police officers found an unlocked door at the rear of one house they apparently thought matched a description provided by a 911 caller, according to a statement by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Once inside, two officers fired their guns at a dog, killing it.

A man in the home who exited a room off the kitchen was also shot by police, GBI officials said. A police officer was shot in the hip and listed in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

“Early investigation indicates that the injured officer was likely shot accidently by one of the other officers on the scene,” GBI officials said in a statement.

However, GBI spokesman Scott Dutton said it was too early in the investigation to determine exactly who fired the gunshots. Dutton said he did not know if anyone in the home was armed beside the police officers. GBI officials said there is no evidence the residents had committed any crimes.

The wounded man, whose name was not released, returned home early Tuesday, limping and wearing hospital scrubs, but declined to comment.

DeKalb County police would normally investigate local shootings.

However, DeKalb police Chief Cedric Alexander asked the GBI, a statewide law enforcement agency, to lead the probe that involves his own officers’ actions. Alexander acknowledged Monday night that DeKalb officers responded to the wrong home. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave.

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