Suspect dead after 3 Atlanta officers shot, APD confirms

ATLANTA — A suspect is dead and three officers are in the hospital after being shot on Saturday afternoon.

Atlanta Police Department Chief Darren Schierbaum said officers were called to Fairbanks Street in reference to an armed man at 5:15 p.m.

Officers found him on Desoto Avenue SW, armed with a gun and a knife. There was a struggle and shots were fired.

Once shots were fired, other officers took the injured officers to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Channel 2 Action News crews are at the scene and the hospital. Get the latest details on and on WSB Tonight at 11 p.m.

One officer was shot in the arm, another in the leg and the third suffered a graze wound. All three are expected to be ok. One is currently in surgery, another is being prepped for surgery and the third will hopefully not need surgery.

The officers have not been identified, but Chief Schierbaum said two of them are 31 years old and four-year veterans of the department. The other is 28 years old and has been with the department for five months.

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The suspect, who has also not been identified, died on the scene from his injuries.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens released a statement showing his gratitude to the staff at Grady Memorial Hospital.

“I am devastated that we are at this place again where senseless gun violence has injured 3 of our APD officers. My thoughts are with these officers and their families, and we are cooperating fully with this ongoing investigation. Thanks to the surgeons and staff at Grady Hospital for ensuring that our officers will survive,” he wrote

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