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Sandy Springs police officer stabbed, suspect shot; both hospitalized, police say

A second officer was also injured, possibly by a bullet ricocheting and hitting his hand.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A Sandy Springs police officer and a suspect have both been taken to the hospital following an incident Friday morning, the department said.

Officers were dispatched to a home off Cameron Glen Drive to a report of a burglary in progress. When police arrived, the suspect stabbed the officer multiple times during a struggle and another officer shot the suspect, Sgt. Sal Ortega said.

It happened around 8:41 a.m. Nearby residents also called police just prior to this to other reports of burglaries. Because of this, Ortega said, officers were quick to respond. 

The officer stabbed was rushed to the hospital and is being treated and "responded well," police said. He is currently in stable condition. 

A second officer was struck in the hand, possibly by a ricocheting bullet. He has been treated and released.

The suspect was also injured in the shooting and is said to be in stable condition. The GBI said the suspect was later released from the hospital and remains in custody. 

Neighbors shared surveillance video of a man walking down the street in camouflage who they believe is the person who was breaking into homes. 

The neighborhood is just outside the I-285 Perimeter, down the road from the Riverwood International Charter School and Sandy Springs Fire Station #53.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shots fired by the officer and the Sandy Springs Police Department is investigating the burglaries. The GBI said once it completes its investigation, it will turn over its findings to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for review. 

The 11Alive SkyTracker flew over the home off Cameron Glen Drive where police tape was surrounding the house and items were seen scattered on the front yard. 

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