McKinley and his wife were watching a movie with their 1-year-old son when the officers entered their home. McKinley was treated and released days later from Grady Memorial Hospital.
Within hours of the shooting, Cedric Alexander, DeKalb’s director of public safety, admitted the officers had responded to the wrong house.
The incident — the fourth controversial police shooting in DeKalb in less than two years — renewed scrutiny of the police department and prompted the county to review its when-to-shoot training protocol.
Jones, 22, said he couldn’t discuss specifics of the case, which is now being investigated by DeKalb DA Robert James’ office. But Jones said it was terrifying to enter the home, not knowing what to expect.
“It’s a very hair-raising experience,” Jones said. “You don’t know what the home has in there. You’re going into a home without lights. It could be five, six people hiding in there waiting for that one officer to come in there.”
When he was shot in the hip, Jones said he was focused on surviving for his family. He’ll become a father for the first time in April.
Jones is currently on paid administrative leave while he continues to heal. He said he hopes to return to work in January.
“I’ll come through this,” Jones said. “I’ll be back in uniform.”
The GBI, which was called in to assist with the investigation, continues to look into the incident.