Cop shoots at man with machete, police say

Cop shoots at man with machete, police say

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A Fulton County police officer shot at a man wielding a machete, police said.
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  • The officer fired multiple shots, but nobody was hit by the gunfire.
  • The man was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.
  • The incident happened in the 4100 block of Roosevelt Highway.

A man charged toward a Fulton County police officer with a machete, prompting the cop to open fire, officials said.

No one was hit Sunday by the gunfire, but the suspect, Victor Leach, was arrested on multiple charges, including one count of making terroristic threats and one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, the incident began about 6:30 p.m. when officers were dispatched to a domestic situation in the 4100 block of Roosevelt Highway in south Fulton.

A Fulton County police officer shot at a man wielding a machete, police said. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

“Once on the scene,” Fulton police Cpl. Maureen Smith said, “a man with a machete  came at a Fulton County police officer.”

The officer fired multiple shots. 

Leach, 45, was taken into custody unharmed. He is in the Fulton County Jail. In addition to the other charges, Leach is being held on on count of willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer by use of threats, one count of carrying a weapon without a valid license, two counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony and two counts of aggravated assault (family violence).

Though the officer discharged his weapon, the GBI was not called to investigate the incident.

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