Alpharetta cop shot 5 times released from hospital

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. - An Alpharetta police officer shot during a routine traffic stop has been released from the hospital, police said Monday.

Police said Officer David Freeman was shot five times after pulling Curtis Hicks, 52, of Marietta over for a tag violation Friday night on South Main Street. Police said Hicks then fled down Highway 9 into Roswell, firing at officers along the way. He was eventually cornered on state Route 400 in Sandy Springs and was killed in a shootout with officers.

Griselda Cervantes, of Woodstock, was pulling out of a check-cashing business on Alpharetta Street as the chase wound through downtown Roswell.

"I heard (an) explosion," she told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.

Police said that sound was gunfire from Hicks' weapon. One of the bullets pierced her driver's side door and went into her side.

"I push here, and there's blood," she said, gesturing to her side. "I opened the door, and I see the hole. Where is the bullet? That's my question."

Cervantes said the bullet is now lodged in her back, and doctors haven't decided whether to remove it.

"My child is fine," she said. "I'm fine."

Police haven't released a motive for Hicks' alleged rampage. Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News Hicks kept to himself. Court documents showed his homeowners association in Marietta was going after him for unpaid dues, and a missing person's report from last year described him as mentally unstable.

A woman who answered the door at a relative's home Monday declined to comment.