Off-duty Ga. officer shot helping bystander
|By Andria Simmons |
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — An off-duty Fulton County police officer was shot Friday afternoon when he stopped to help a bystander on his way home in North Gwinnett County and ended up exchanging gunfire with a man, authorities said.
Both were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, but no details on their conditions were available Friday afternoon.
Spellman said the officer was driving down Level Creek Road, about a mile north of North Gwinnett High School, when someone flagged him down about 1 p.m. The officer got into an altercation with a man and they exchanged gunfire, Spellman said. Neither the suspect or officer were identified.
"This is a very confusing scene and situation right now," Spellman said.
Richard Santry, who lives nearby, said his wife was driving to work about 1 p.m. when a woman beside the road yelled for help. Santry said his wife stopped to help when a man jumped out from behind a vehicle. Gunshots were fired and she hit the ground and called 911, Santry said.
Resident Sandra McKee said people in the neighborhood often exercise on the two-lane Level Creek Road.
"Can you imagine if one of us had been out walking," she said. "This is really creepy."
The shooting of a police officer near North Gwinnett High School didn't have any immediate effect on the school, said district spokeswoman Sloan Roach.
"We were aware that there was a shooting," Roach said. "We contacted police and asked if any of our schools needed to go in lockdown and we were told they didn't.
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