Officer injured in shooting ID'd; He's in hospital 'recovering miraculously'

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A police officer's recovery after a shooting is nothing short of a miracle, according to Union City Mayor Vince Williams.

Union City police officer Jerome Turner Jr. was shot multiples times Monday after responding to a home along Highpoint Road.

Turner was immediately taken to a hospital, where he underwent several surgeries overnight.

Williams said he hopes Turner will be with his family soon.

Union City police said Tuesday that Turner had a successful surgery Monday night and is doing well. Turner will have another surgery on his knee, police said.

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The suspect in the shooting, identified as 19-year-old Veltavious Griggs, died during the incident.

Griggs' mother said her son was a young father who turned his life around after a 2016 arrest for obstruction and theft by receiving in Fulton County.

GBI officials said a gun was found on the scene and that a chase led up to the shooting.

Channel 2's Tom Jones went back to the scene Tuesday.

A family friend told Jones the landlord is renting the home to the mother of Griggs' girlfriend.

Clinton Fuller couldn't stop looking at all the bullet holes. He is concerned about the officer.

This is the 27th shooting involving a police officer in Georgia so far this year.

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