April 4, 2019 – In Breaking News – AJC
Two Henry County police officers were shot and a suspected gunman remains barricaded inside a home with at least one hostage during an hours-long incident in a Stockbridge neighborhood Thursday, according to police.
The two male officers, whose names were not released, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition, according to Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith.
Their conditions were not believed to be life-threatening.
(Henry County Police officers shot; hostage situation. Courtesy of Fox 5 Atlanta and YouTube. Posted on Apr 4, 2019.)
The Henry County officers were the second and third metro Atlanta cops shot in the line of duty in four days.
Officers responded to the home along Eagle Court, not far from I-75 in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood, about 10:45 a.m. in response to a report of “unknown trouble,” Smith said Thursday afternoon.
Investigators believe a relative of someone inside the house called 911 to report some type of violence.
The officers arrived at the scene and forced their way into the home when they were shot, Smith said.
The officers did not return fire.
(A suspect accused of shooting two Henry County police officers has barricaded himself inside a home in the Eagle Ridge subdivision with a 16-year-old boy, according to family on scene. Courtesy of 11Alive and YouTube. Posted on Apr 4, 2019.)
One officer was struck in the hand and the second was hit in the torso and hip area, according to Smith.
The officer struck in the hand was able to assist his fellow officer getting out of the home.
The two officers, both in their 30s, have been with the police department for several years. Their families have been notified, Smith said.
SWAT negotiators are still trying to get the barricaded gunman out of the home, police said.
The suspected gunman is believed to have a 16-year-old boy inside along with another family member, Smith said.
The teenager was not harmed, but Smith did not know the condition of the other person believed to be in the home.
“We are communicating with the individual,” Smith said. “We’re hoping he is going to release the 16-year-old. He said he would. We’re just standing by waiting.”
Outside the home, grief-stricken relatives were consoled by officers.
Continue reading… 9 hours after 2 Henry County officers were shot, standoff continues
UPDATE: Some kids in nearby homes escorted out of neighborhood to waiting parents. 2 #HenryCounty officers shot; suspected gunman barricaded in house – https://t.co/z9QW5Nnt7f pic.twitter.com/M0SWGrG4Y5
— John Spink (@johnjspink) April 4, 2019
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