Two men were shot by police Wednesday night after a carjacking investigation kicked off a car and foot chase in Clayton County.
One was shot in the shoulder and the other in the back during an exchange of gunfire with Clayton County officers, according to the police department. Both are expected to survive.
They were being pursued after jumping out of a vehicle that was reported stolen in a carjacking, police spokeswoman Lt. Cherie West said in a news release. Four victims told police they were forced from their vehicle at the Vera Cruz Apartments on Old Dixie Highway shortly after 8 p.m.
The driver was hit over the head with the butt of a gun, West said. He told responding officers that multiple men got into the vehicle and drove away.
“The victim was able to track his vehicle through the use of a tracking application installed on an iPad device still remaining inside of the vehicle,” West said.
Another officer spotted a vehicle matching its description and attempted to stop it, setting off a short pursuit, she said.
The vehicle returned to the area of the apartments at Old Dixie Highway and Johnson Road, where it crashed outside the Laurel Pointe apartment complex.
Three people jumped out and started running in two directions, West said.
“During the foot chase, suspects brandished handguns and began firing upon the officers,” she said. “The officers then returned fire to the suspects.”
The GBI, which is investigating the officer-involved shooting, said 17-year-old Marqualo Mulkey pointed a gun at the officers, prompting officers to fire. The GBI did not find that Mulkey fired his weapon.
Officers later shot Quendavious Deonte Redden, 20, during a chase, the GBI said. The third suspect, 17-year-old Marquez Mulkey, was later captured. All three are from Forest Park.
No one else was reported injured, West said. The two injured suspects were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they are stable.
The stolen vehicle was taken into police custody, and four handguns were recovered at the scene, West said.
It is the 47th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate this year, according to spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.
According to police, the officers involved in Wednesday’s incident have been placed on administrative leave during an internal investigation, which is standard department policy.
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