MARTA officer shoots man who stabbed 2 people at Five Points station, police say

ATLANTA — MARTA police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning.

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Officials said the incident happened around 11 a.m. outside the Five Points station on Peachtree Street.

According to MARTA officials, a man in the bus shelter area was wielding a knife and stabbed two people.

Police said the man then charged at the officer, stabbing him in the hand. The officer fired his gun twice, stopping the attack, authorities said.

“Our officer was patrolling the Five Points station on Peachtree side when he was alerted of the stabbing and he intervened,” Dep. Chief Willie Davenport of MARTA police said.


The suspect and both stabbing victims are stable and have been taken to the hospital. MARTA police said the officer received stitches in his hand.

“I feel lucky I wasn’t here at that time,” MARTA passenger Mujahid Osman said.

Osman told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden that although he was surprised to see this scene, “he generally feels safe on MARTA.”

But some riders don’t share the same feeling -- and for good reason.

It was earlier this month when MARTA police responded to this same station after a man was stabbed to death.

Police arrested the suspect after surveillance video recorded the deadly attack.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been contacted, per policy with officer-involved shootings.

As the GBI continues its investigation into today’s incident, MARTA police say they remain committed to keeping the public safe.

“We do have a joint patrol bike detail with APD zone five. We have uniform officers patrolling the Five Points as well as protective specialists,” Davenport said.

MARTA police also told Seiden they have a special operations unit with K9 and undercover officers who patrol the area. Despite the incident, there have been no interruptions to service at the MARTA station.

The suspect, neither the victims nor the officer’s identities and ages have been released.


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