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Atlanta police looking for suspect in shooting that injured officer

Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard holds a news conference Tuesday evening, Dec. 29, 2015 to announce that police were looking for Anthony Bernard Williams in connection with a police shooting that happened early Monday morning. (Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com)
Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard holds a news conference Tuesday evening, Dec. 29, 2015 to announce that police were looking for Anthony Bernard Williams in connection with a police shooting that happened early Monday morning. (Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com)

Atlanta police are asking for the public's help to find the man suspected of initiating a wild shootout that left an officer and another man injured early Monday.

Anthony Bernard Williams, 26, was a passenger in vehicle that police stopped in the 3300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Atlanta’s west side after receiving a call about a possible carjacking around 2:15 a.m.

The driver got out of the vehicle and ran toward police, authorities previously said.

Williams got out and shot the driver several times, then began shooting at police, hitting an officer twice in the arm, Sgt. Warren Pickard with Atlanta police said during a news conference Tuesday.

“It was not a carjacking. (Williams) was a passenger inside the vehicle with the victim that he shot,” Pickard said.

An officer returned fire, but Williams was able to jump into the victim’s vehicle and flee the scene, police said. He later dumped the car about a mile away, on Fairburn Road, and escaped on foot, according to authorities.

The victim, who was shot in the arms and legs, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. The officer’s arm injuries were minor, Pickard said. He was treated and released.

Williams is believed to be armed and dangerous. He may be injured as well, police said.

He is wanted on aggravated assault on a police officer and other charges.

Contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 with any information. Tipsters can remain anonymous.