A man was in critical condition after being shot by two off-duty officers early Friday morning in northeast Atlanta. And police said the officers fired after armed man turned his gun on them.
The incident happened around 3 a.m., outside club Opera in midtown, according to Atlanta police.
The two off-duty officers, who were in full uniform and working at the club at 1150 Crescent Ave., were alerted to a fight on 13th Street just off Crescent Avenue, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said.
The officers checked 13th Street and discovered a large group of people in a heated dispute in the parking lot, Sgt. Lyon said.
And one of those individuals was allegedly brandishing a handgun.
The officers allegedly commanded the man several times to drop the weapon, police said. They also said witnesses confirmed this.
“The individual, however, did not comply and turned on the officers,” Sgt. Lyon said. “Rounds were fired and the subject was struck at least one time.”
Officers recovered a handgun at the scene and the man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Sgt. Lyon said.
The officers, who were not injured, have been temporarily placed on administrative leave, while the shooting is investigated.
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