A police officer shot a man after he allegedly stabbed a plain clothes Georgia State University police officer in the back Wednesday afternoon near Woodruff Park. And one witness said the man was bothering a woman with the knife prior to the officer's arrival.
So far, police have not released the man’s name or the charges he faces in the assault. They also have not released the names of the officers involved.
The incident happened around 4 p.m. when the officer attempted to question a man who appeared to be drinking alcohol in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, according to Atlanta police. The man continued walking, and encountered the GSU officer in plain clothes, who was attempting to assist the Atlanta police officer in apprehending of the subject, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.
The subject produced an 8-inch butcher knife, and assaulted the GSU officer, police said.
“The Atlanta Police officer witnessed the assault, and shot the subject in order to stop the assault,” Chafee said.
The suspect was shot in the lower body and both he and the GSU officer, who was stabbed in the back, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were listed in stable condition, police said.
The knife was recovered on scene, Chafee said. The homicide Atlanta police’s Office of Professional Standards and the Homicide Unit called in to investigate because it’s an officer-involved shootings. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office also responded to the scene.
A witness who would not give his name told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the suspect was bothering a woman with a knife before the situation escalated.
“It was justified, that’s all I want to say,” he said of the shooting.
Police asked students to stay away from the scene during the investigation, the paper reported. They are also asking anyone with video of the incident to turn the footage over to them.