The incident began after an Atlanta police officer attempted to question a man who appeared to be drinking alcohol in the downtown park, according to department spokesman Officer John Chafee. The man did not respond to police inquires and walked in the direction of a plain clothes GSU officer, who was attempting to aid Atlanta police. As the man got closer to the GSU officer, he pulled out the large knife and wounded the officer.
“An APD officer saw the threat to another person and stopped the threat,” Guerrucci said during a news conference.
A witness who would not give his name told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the suspect was bothering a woman with a knife before the situation escalated.
“It was justified, that’s all I want to say,” he said of the shooting.
Students were asked to stay away from the scene during the investigation, Atlanta police said.
Police are asking anyone with video of the incident to turn the footage over to them.
—Photojournalist Ben Gray contributed to this report.