A Georgia homeowner and a police officer were both shot Monday night when three police officers entered the wrong home while responding to a call about a possible burglary in DeKalb County.
The homeowner’s dog was also killed as shots were fired inside the home, USA Today reports.
Three DeKalb County police officers were given only a description of a home on Boulderwoods Drive when they responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person in the neighborhood on Atlanta’s southeast side, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Cedric Alexander, the county’s director of public safety, told the paper that because the officers were not given a physical address they inadvertently chose the wrong home to investigate.
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When the officers went to the back of the house they reportedly found a screen door and the rear door of the house unlocked.
“That in and of itself would probably suggest to anyone that it is possible that there could be intruders inside, but it turned out not to be the case,” Alexander told USA Today. “Somewhere at the rear of that home, some things happened that have yet to be determined.”
As the officers entered the home, gunfire erupted.
“There was gunfire, I just cannot tell you who fired and who did not,” Alexander said.
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The officer, who was shot in the thigh, was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery.
The homeowner was also treated for injuries but his condition was not immediately known.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the homeowner,” Alexander told The Journal-Constitution. “And our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer who suffered a severe, critical injury here tonight and lost a lot of blood. We just hope both of them recover well.”
It was not immediately clear if the homeowner was armed at the time of the shooting, according to The Journal-Constitution.
All three officers involved have been placed on administrative leave and Alexander said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to help with the investigation into the incident.
“A lot is yet to be determined here as to what and when shots were fired, how the officer received injuries, how the homeowner received injuries,” Alexander told The Journal-Constitution. “But we did respond to the wrong residence tonight.”
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