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May 03, 2007
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Atlanta police investigate two shootings by officers

The Associated Press

ATLANTA, Ga. — Police are investigating two separate shootings involving officers.

The first shooting Wednesday wounded a 15-year-old who was driving what the officer thought was a stolen car.

The teenager was shot in the shoulder after he was stopped, then gunned the car in reverse, hitting the officer in the leg, police spokesman Officer James Polite said.

Charges against the teen, who was in stable condition, were pending. Police did not immediately release his name or that of the officer.

Meanwhile, Polite said another officer shot a man in the upper body in self defense Wednesday night in Atlanta's Edgewood area. Officers said they responded to reports of shots being fired and pursued a sport utility vehicle until three men got out and ran.

One man ran into some woods and an officer in pursuit said he fired when the suspect reached into his waistband and turned with what appeared to be a gun, Polite said. A weapon was recovered at the scene, Polite said.

Another police spokesman, Steve Coleman, said the man was conscious when he was taken into custody.

Shootings involving Atlanta police are currently a sensitive subject. Earlier Wednesday, attorneys for the niece of Kathryn Johnston, an elderly woman who was shot and killed by police during a botched drug raid in November, said they have filed a wrongful death claim with the city as a precursor to a lawsuit.


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