DECATUR, Ga. — One man is critically hurt after he was shot by two police officers outside a motel in DeKalb County. The officers were working an extra job at the Economy Hotel on Glenfair Road overnight when they spotted a car with a suspicious license plate, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy said that the officers were in uniform and driving a police vehicle while working the department-sanctioned security job. They conducted a traffic stop at about 12:36 a.m. Saturday when they saw the car pull up to the Economy Hotel.
"It was obviously a counterfeit license plate ... it's paper, almost like someone created it on a computer," said DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy. "It's reflective, not metallic."
The man exited his car and was talking to officers when he produced a handgun and fired several rounds at close range, Conroy said. The officers returned fire and the suspect was shot once in the chest.
The man's name has note been released. He was taken to Grady Hospital where he is in critical condition.
One officer sustained a minor injury in the encounter, according to the GBI. Conroy said he twisted his knee.
"It's by the grace of God the projectiles missed the officers," Conroy said. "The suspect discharged his weapon several times ... thankfully, he missed."
Investigators recovered several handgun shell casings from the scene. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Atlanta earlier this month.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was notified of the incident and has taken over the investigation.
It's been a deadly week in DeKalb County. A man was stabbed to death in a home off Panola Valley Road in Lithonia hours before the motel shooting. On Wednesday, two people were shot and killed at an apartment near Stone Mountain. A man also opened fire at a DeKalb County Police officer at the Wesley Club Apartments in Decatur late Sunday. Thankfully, the officer as able to escape and call for backup.
Conroy said that crime is down in DeKalb County overall, but it has been a very "violent month."
"We have had a number of shooting and homicides. Our clearance rate is very high and we're doing everything we can to reduce violence," Conroy said. "We've got a number of initiatives in place to address the increase in some of those crimes."
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