Three officers shot in standoff with gunman

ATLANTA, GA – Saturday evening in Atlanta witnessed a deadly altercation between an armed suspect and the police, leaving the suspect dead and three officers injured. The sequence of events began to unfold around 5:15 p.m. when the Atlanta Police Department received a call about an armed individual in the vicinity of the 1400 block of Desoto Avenue SW, as per Police Chief Darin Schierbaum.

The responding officers were faced with a suspect armed with a knife and a handgun. The situation escalated into a struggle, culminating in a gunfire exchange that claimed the life of the suspect and injured three officers. The officers are expected to recover from their injuries.

The specific chain of events leading to the gunfire is still under investigation. Two of the officers sustained injuries severe enough to necessitate surgery, one to the shoulder and the other to the leg. The third officer, who suffered a minor graze wound, did not require surgical intervention.

Atlanta’s Mayor Andre Dickens confirmed the officers’ stable condition, noting they were “alert, conscious, and breathing.” The officers involved in the incident, two 31-year-olds with four years of service and a 28-year-old who has been on the force for five months, have not been identified.

This incident closely follows the tragic event in Charlotte, North Carolina, where four law enforcement officers were shot and killed while serving a warrant. The Atlanta Police Department continues to investigate the incident.