DeKalb County

FBI identifies substance that sickened officers at DeKalb County motel

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Three police officers are out of the hospital after a combination of household cleaning solutions in a DeKalb County motel room made them sick.

DeKalb County police said Sunday that the officers were released from the hospital overnight.

Officers originally responded to the United Inn and Suites on Memorial Drive in Decatur Saturday at about 4:15 p.m. in reference to a person dead.


When officers went into a room on the third floor, they were overwhelmed by a chemical smell that made them nauseous and lightheaded.

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Hazmat Unit responded and evacuated the third floor of the motel as a precaution.

DeKalb County's Homeland Unit also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

DeKalb police said they asked the FBI to help identify the chemical substance in the room.

“Other than a combination of household cleaning solutions, no other harmful substances have been identified at this time,” police said in a statement.

The motel is back to normal operations and an autopsy on the 48-year-old male is pending at the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's office.

The identity of the man has not been released.