DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb police say the wife of one of their own officers is in critical condition after an assault outside of the couple's Lithonia home.
Police have been investigating the incident since about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. They said the woman was left badly beaten and unconscious, just outside the couple's garage area. Police did not disclose their exact address.
"We are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation. We don't have any leads or anything at this point," DeKalb County police captain Cornelius Yarbro said.
But a police source did tell Channel 2's Sophia Choi that the incident was not a domestic situation involving her husband, the officer.
Neighbors said the couple just moved into their home about three or four months ago. Tammy Robinson said she didn't see or hear anything.
"I was just shocked to find out that took place next door to me," Robinson said.
"I just think that's awful because this is a quiet neighborhood. I've been over here four years and nothing of this magnitude has taken place here," added Robinson.
Channel 2 Action News was outside of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital shortly after the woman arrived early Sunday. Several DeKalb County police cars were at the hospital and officers were posted near the emergency room. The victim's husband was reportedly at her bedside.
Police said the assault is under investigation.