2 men try to rob off-duty officer in Atlanta; all 3 end up shot, police say

An off-duty South Fulton police officer was shot during an attempted robbery early Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Two men were involved in an apparent attempt to rob the officer in the 100 block of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue in northeast Atlanta, Atlanta police spokesman Jarius Daugherty told AJC.com.

South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows told Channel 2 Action News that officers were heading to their private vehicles when one officer got involved in a physical altercation after they were approached by the two men in the incident, while the other grabbed his service weapon in the exchange of gunfire. 

Both of the men were shot in the arms and legs by the officer, but he was also shot in the stomach during the incident, police reported.


All three were taken to a local hospital and listed as stable, Daugherty said. 

Channel 2 reported the other officer involved in the incident was not injured. 

Meadows told the news station the injured officer is going to be OK and was in good spirits when he talked to him Saturday afternoon.

In other news:

Gooddine was instructed to turn himself into police by 5 p.m. Friday, but had not shown up to the jail until shortly before 9 p.m.

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