Video shows afternoon shootout between federal agent, gunman in downtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — An officer with the Federal Protection Service shot a man in downtown Atlanta Friday afternoon, multiple agencies told Channel 2 Action News.

Channel 2′s Matt Johnson obtained video showing the tense moments before a shootout between the man and officer.

The incident happened late Friday afternoon just a block away from two federal buildings in downtown Atlanta along Ted Turner Drive.

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This video shows an officer with the Federal Protective Service shooting at someone who is returning fire just outside the Richard Russell Federal Building.

“I kind of realized, I was like, ‘Oh, there could be bullets flying towards my direction.’ So I just kind of hunched down behind my dash and just kept recording,” said Ben Ivey, who shot the video of the incident.

Ivey said he was at a traffic light at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive across from State Farm Arena.


He said it appears the officer was trying to get the suspect to stop.

“The officer stopped and got out with an assault rifle. But the gentleman just kept walking away. So the officer put the assault rifle back in his vehicle and then started to pursue the man on foot,” Ivey said.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security haven’t released information about what led up to the shooting.

The Atlanta Police Department confirmed that someone was shot, but we don’t know that person’s condition.

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“Sounded like they had exchanged over 30 shots, and they were both still standing afterwards,” Ivey told Johnson.

Federal and local authorities spent the evening gathering evidence while blocking off parts of Ted Turner Drive.

Witnesses like Ivey say they’re relieved the shooting didn’t affect any bystanders.

“It was surreal. Definitely, definitely glad no one else was hurt,” Ivey said.