DeKalb police initially said authorities arrested two people believed to be bounty hunters. On Wednesday, an agency spokeswoman said they just detained two bail bondsmen during the on-scene investigation.
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Pair released after shooting near Georgia Regional Hospital

Two bail bondsmen are free after an incident near Georgia Regional Hospital in DeKalb County, police confirmed to AJC.com. 

The pair were allegedly following someone near the hospital on Panthersville Road and fired a shot at that person Tuesday morning, according to police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent.

The person ran away from the alleged shooters and onto the hospital campus, hospital spokeswoman Angelyn Dionysatos. Georgia Regional staff implemented a lockdown at the facility “to protect the safety of our staff and the individuals we serve,” she said. 

“After the pursuit ended and we were assured by police that there was no danger, we lifted the lockdown,” Dionysatos said. “We have no reason to believe that anyone connected with the hospital was involved in the incident.”

The person the bail bondsmen were pursuing was not caught, Vincent said. 

DeKalb police initially said authorities arrested two people  believed to be bounty hunters. On Wednesday, Vincent described the duo as bail bondsmen, not bounty hunters. She also said they were released after police detained them during an on-scene investigation. No other details were released.

Georgia Regional Hospital offers adult mental health, forensic program and rehabilitative services to residents in multiple counties across metro Atlanta. 

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