DeKalb police officer shoots burglary suspect, GBI says

DeKalb police officer shoots burglary suspect, GBI says

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is at the scene of a police shooting in DeKalb County.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — What started out as a burglary call turned into a police shooting in DeKalb County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it was called out to the 6200 block of East Ponce de Leon Avenue in Stone Mountain after a DeKalb County officer fired shots at a burglary suspect.

A Channel 2 photographer arrived at the investigation and saw crime scene tape around a Citgo gas station.

Content Continues Below

No officers were injured in the shooting, while the suspect was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The GBI identified the suspect as 53-year-old Mark Freeman.

Around 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Stone Mountain police said officers responded to the burglary-in-progress call. People who lived off West Mountain Road said they woke up to a person inside their home.

The GBI said Freeman left the home with a shotgun and was found walking in the area near the gas station. DeKalb County officers arrived to help Stone Mountain police. A DeKalb officer asked Freeman to drop his weapon, but he did not cooperate.

That is when the GBI said the officer fired the shots at Freeman.