SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A man accused of shooting two police officers is on the run after a standoff with the SWAT team on Saturday.
Officers swarmed a Clayton County apartment complex searching for the suspect that is considered armed and dangerous, but he was not there.
Kendarrious Chester is accused of shooting the College Park police officers inside a restaurant. A shootout then continued outside.
Update: Police say suspected shooter is not inside apartment. Authorities will regroup. pic.twitter.com/cWPbpvRbQG— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017
Bullets hit other buildings nearby.
The officers are expected to make full recoveries, but the search for Chester continues to intensify.
“It was hectic for a while, then they came and taped us in,” witness Tina White told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson.
Around 2 p.m. Saturday police said Chester shot the officers inside the Red Snapper restaurant on Old National Highway.
Suspect wanted for shooting 2 College Park officers barricaded inside apartment off Riverdale rd, police say. pic.twitter.com/Mj2oKN5Yjx— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017
Police said the officers were checking out a domestic situation when Chester shot one officer in his bulletproof vest and then shot at another officer, hitting his police radio.
“I just started praying actually, I did, praying for everybody involved, including the shooter,” White said.
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The shooter ran from the scene as helicopters searched from above.
About three hours later, authorities deployed an armored vehicle and SWAT officers to an apartment complex about 3 ½ miles away.
“Are you worried he might hurt somebody?” Johnson asked resident Trakelia Fannin.
This SWAT vehicle just arrived on scene to the standoff. pic.twitter.com/huUWVm3zGJ— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017
“I hope he don't because bullets have no names,” Fannin said.
Police believed Chester was inside a unit at the Sterling Cove Apartments off of Riverdale Road.
When police moved in, about two hours later, no one was inside.
“I think he jumped out of the back window though,” one neighbor told Johnson.
Breaking: 2 College Park police officers shot. One hit in stomach. Vest saved him. Bullet hit second officer's radio. @wsbtv— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) May 27, 2017
The neighbor also told Johnson the alleged crime is no surprise.
“I thought he was just a cool collected dude. ‘What’s up?’ ‘How you doing?’ I didn’t think he was like that for real,” the neighbor said.
Police arrested a person of interest at the shooting scene. Investigators said they’ll use the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to try and apprehend the main suspect.
There is a $5K reward to find the main suspect.
2 College Park officers shot on Old National Highway, both expected to survive. Heading to the scene now. 1 suspect on the run, per police.— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) May 27, 2017
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