DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A DeKalb County cop was shot after responding to the wrong house Monday evening.
The incident happened around 7:35 p.m. when the officer was responding to a call about a burglary-in-progress.
The officer suffered a bullet wound to his thigh.
DeKalb County Public Safety Director Dr. Cedric Alexander said officers received a vague description of the location of a burglary-in-progress, and the officer entered the wrong residence. The officer walked around the house into the backyard, and opened the back door into the home. Gunshots were fired, and both the officer and homeowner were struck by gunfire.
The homeowner also suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.
It’s been determined that the officer was likely shot by a fellow police officer when they were startled by the dog.
Police on the scene told 11Alive News that the homeowner’s pet dog was also killed.
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 Georgia Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation.
“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.”
This is a developing story, check back for updates.