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Officer shot during struggle with suspect on domestic disturbance call in Athens

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An officer was shot Sunday morning during a struggle with a suspect who attempted to take the officer’s gun during a domestic violence call in Athens. So far, police have not released the name of the injured officer or the officer’s condition.

The incident unfolded at 11:55 a.m. when the officer responded to the Fairways @ Jennings Mill Apartment after getting a report of an ongoing domestic disturbance, according to the Athens-Clarke County police. When the officer arrived the suspect, later identified as James M. Marcantonio, was banging on the door in an attempt to gain entrance into the caller’s apartment, police said in a news release.

As the officer arrived and confronted the suspect, Marcantonio allegedly became combative and a struggle occurred, police said.

“Preliminary information obtained from on-scene witnesses was that Marcantonio attempted to take the officer's weapon,” police said. “During the struggle, the officer was shot once.”

Additional officers responded and placed Marcantonio into custody without further incident, police said. The injured officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injury, they said. It's unclear where on the body the officer was struck and police have not said which hospital is he a patient.

Police Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. has requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in conducting an investigation into the shooting. And Marcantonio, 28, was arrested and faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a police officer, police said. He was later transported to the Clarke County jail.

Police have not released any details on the victim or the victim's relationship to the suspect. It's also unclear if officer's have any prior involvement with the suspect and the victim.

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