ATLANTA - An armed man was shot by an Atlanta Public Schools police officer near Forrest Hill Academy at about 9:15 Tuesday morning.

According to GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles, 20-year-old D'Tavius L'Quon Patterson had tried to get into the school located in the 2700 block of Forrest Hills Drive in southwest Atlanta. When he approached the building, school officials saw that he had a weapon on him and called police.

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When Atlanta Public Schools police officers arrived, Patterson was leaving the school's campus.

"At that point, they observed the weapon in his possession," Miles said. "Officers did end up firing at the man."

One of the officers fired a single round at Patterson, hitting and wounding him. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. No officers were wounded in the incident, and no one at the school was hurt.

According to Miles, Patterson was carrying a BB gun.

The suspect was carrying a BB gun. (GBI)
The suspect was carrying a BB gun. (GBI)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in for an independent investigation, which is customary in an officer-involved shooting. Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for review.

The Atlanta Public Schools confirmed that the GBI has taken over the investigation.

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