Atlanta-area cop ‘likely’ shot by fellow officer after entering wrong home

ATLANTA, (NBC News) – The bullet that struck an Atlanta-area police officer — hit after responding to a burglary call at the wrong house — likely came from a fellow officer’s gun, investigators said Tuesday.

The homeowner was also shot by one of three responding Dekalb County officers who entered his house on accident on Monday night, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital, the GBI said.

A dog in the home was shot at by two of the officers and killed, according to authorities.

The GBI said in a statement Tuesday that the “injured officer was likely shot accidentally by one of the other officers on the scene.” The officer underwent surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and was in serious but stable condition, the statement said.

Cedric Alexander, a public safety director in DeKalb County, told reporters Monday night that the officer shot was hit in the thigh and “lost a lot of blood.”

The officers responded to a call for a burglary in progress about 7:30 p.m. ET, but they went to the wrong address because the caller gave only a description of a “brick-and-tan one-story home” without an address, authorities said.

The officers and homeowner have not been identified.

The GBI said that the initial investigation shows that the house the three officers entered was unrelated to the initial 911 call, and investigators have found no evidence of criminal activity in the home that the officers entered.

The three officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, Alexander said. A further probe by the GBI will be turned over to the district attorney.

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