A man with a semi-automatic weapon and at least 12 rounds of ammunition fired at two Griffin police officers Wednesday night, injuring one.
A veteran police lieutenant was coming to the aid of a fellow officer when he was struck, Capt. Dwayne Jones with Griffin police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The incident began around 10:15 p.m. when an officer responded to the 400 block of Circus Street on a report of man wearing all black and waving a gun around in the front yard, Jones said.
The officer arrived and found the suspect, who started running, Jones said. The suspect, whose name was not released, fired shots at the officer, who returned fire, Jones said.
That officer was not injured, but he lost sight of the suspect, Jones said. A police lieutenant arriving to assist the officer was still in his patrol car when the suspect allegedly fired a shot through the windshield, striking the lieutenant in the head, Jones said.
The injured lieutenant was conscious while being flown to Grady Memorial Hospital, but his condition was not immediately known, Jones said. The suspect was flown to Atlanta Medical Center in unknown condition.
In addition to having a semi-automatic weapon, the suspect had a dozen rounds of ammunition in his back pocket and was wearing a shoulder holster, Jones said. No one else was injured.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was assisting with the investigation into the incident late Wednesday, Jones said. The officer that fired at the suspect was placed on administrative leave, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings, according to police.