Responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person breaking into a home Monday night, Georgia police pulled up to the wrong home and stepped inside, walking in through the back door after finding it unlocked – apparently shooting the homeowner and his dog upon entry.
And apparently shooting themselves in the process.
We can assume that is how it went down because DeKalb County police have given several interviews to the media – acknowledging that they had responded to the wrong home – but claiming they do not know how it led to gunfire.
Sure, they don’t.
All they are saying is that the dog is dead and both the homeowner and cop are recovering at a local hospital after having been shot in the leg.
And that they are praying for both their recoveries, which would not be the case had the homeowner shot the cop, even if he did so not realizing they were cops.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The officer, shot in the thigh, was in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. The homeowner was also being treated for injuries, but his condition was not known, Alexander said. At least one officer discharged his gun, but no information was released on whether the homeowner also had a gun.
Authorities were investigating Monday night after an officer was shot in DeKalb County.
“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 said. “But we did respond to the wrong residence tonight.”
The GBI was called to assist with the investigation, Alexander said.
“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.”
Police say they were never given an actual address in the 911 call, only a description of a home, which they figured was enough when they came across a home with a “matching description” in the neighborhood.