An Atlanta-area police officer was critically injured and a homeowner and his dog shot on Monday night after cops responded to the wrong house following a report of a suspicious person.
According to DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander, the officer and two colleagues entered the house from the back door. They identified themselves and one officer was shot in the thigh, Fox News reports.
The officer, who has not been identified, reportedly lost large amounts of blood and was undergoing surgery at a local hospital. At this point, it is unclear who fired the shots, but the homeowner also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and their dog was killed.
“A lot is yet to be determined here as to what [happened] and when shots were fired, how the officer received injures, how the homeowner received injuries,” Alexander said, according to NBC News. “But we did respond to the wrong residence tonight.”
The Police Chief said that the officers were not provided with an exact street address. Instead, they were given a witness description, and entered the home they believed matched that description. They were reportedly under the impression that someone had broken into the home because the back door and screen door were unlocked.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out [to] the homeowner,” Alexander added. “And our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer who suffered a severe, critical injury here tonight We just hope both of them recover well.”
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