MARIETTA, Ga. — A Marietta officer has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery after officials said he was knocked unconscious during a struggle with a suspected prowler.
Dispatchers took the call around 12:52 a.m. Thursday after a resident heard a car alarm going off and reviewed their Ring doorbell camera to see a suspect flipping door handles. They gave a description of the suspect and police arrived in the area within two minutes time.
By 1 a.m. officers were able to locate the suspect and tell 911 dispatchers that he was running between yards and climbing fences. They set up a perimeter in the next minute.
He managed to move out of earshot of the officers as they searched but another resident called 911 minutes later reporting someone who appeared to be trying to hide on her back porch. The report went out to officers who confronted the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Jordoan Myles, and struggled to arrest him.
That's apparently when Officer Salyers ended up being knocked unconscious for a short time. The department shared a photo of their officer smiling from his hospital bed on Friday.
"THANKFULLY he will make a full recovery and be back at the job he loves soon," the department wrote on Facebook.
The resident who first called in the prowler said that he saw firsthand how this officer and others acted with bravery.
"The officers rushed into a situation not knowing whether the suspect had a weapon or not and saved my wife and I from a life-changing event," he said. "These officers risked their lives for me and my wife."
Myles ended up having 12 prior arrests and 43 previous run-ins with Marietta officers. For his most recent alleged foray into local crime, police said he earned charges of obstruction or hindering law enforcement and loitering or prowling - both misdemeanor offenses.
While the post on Facebook gave an update on the officer's condition, it also thanked two residents for their swift actions trying to prevent crimes and the work of dispatchers to share the information.
"We could not be prouder of everyone involved, from residents, to 911 dispatchers to the officers who responded," the Marietta Police Department wrote. "Working together, we were able to prevent additional crimes from occurring and ensure the public's safety."