Firefighting

Atlanta GA Man Exchanges Gunfire with Police Near House Fire

A man wounded by an Atlanta police officer fired first, said an eyewitness to the incident, which occurred next door as firefighters were battling a house fire in southwest Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Unique Bunch, who lives four houses from where the shooting took place, said she was watching firefighters attempt to extinguish the fire on the 1500 block of South Gordon Street.

“I saw previously they were putting out a fire and then a man comes out of his house with a gun and his daughter is behind him, dragging him, trying to get him to stop, and he doesn’t want to stop,” Bunch said.

Capt. Paul Guerrucci of APD’s Homicide Unit said details about who shot first and how many times are still under investigation. Police had not released the names of the man or officers involved as of early Wednesday evening.

No police officers were injured. However, one firefighter was overcome by heat and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward said in an emailed statement.

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