A cop went to the wrong house in Georgia, while responding to a burglary call, and ended up getting shot on Monday night.
According to a report by USA Today,DeKalb County Public Safety Director Dr. Cedric Alexander said the officers received a phone call about a burglary that was taking place, and were only told a vague description of the location. They were told that the suspicious person was near Bouldercrest Road, but the officers were not given an exact street address.
While responding to the emergency call, the officers accidentally entered the wrong house at Boulderwoods Drive, which matched the description given by the 911 caller, and then gunfire was exchanged, resulting in one officer and the homeowner being struck.
“We did respond to the wrong residence tonight and then these other circumstances unfolded,” Alexander said.
When the three officers arrived at the residence, they found an unlocked screen and unlocked door, and believed an intruder was inside, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The officers said they announced their presence, but it is not currently known why the situation escalated to the use of weapons, and whether or not the homeowner had a gun.
“The residence that these officers responded to,” Alexander said, “is the wrong residence that was in question.”
The officer was wounded by a bullet in the thigh, and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed as being in critical condition. The homeowner was also treated at the hospital for injuries. However, his condition is currently not known. Both of their identities have not been revealed. The homeowner’s dog was also shot and killed.
“There was gunfire, I just cannot tell you who fired and who did not,” he said.
“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 added. “But we did respond to the wrong residence tonight.”
DeKalb police have asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to help them with their investigation into the shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out the homeowner,” Alexander said. “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.”
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