Man accused of shooting cop in Buckhead denied bond

Antonio Bell (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

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Antonio Bell (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

One of two men arrested in connection with a shooting outside a Buckhead apartment that injured an Atlanta police officer will remain behind bars.

Antonio Bell, who was denied bond during a court appearance Monday, didn’t say much and shielded his face from TV cameras during the hearing, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Bell and Michael Thomas allegedly shot Officer Justin Fong-Borden in the stomach Saturday. The incident began when a woman saw someone pulling on her Buckhead apartment door handle Saturday afternoon. She called 911.

By the time the Fong-Borden arrived at her Peachtree Valley Road apartment complex, someone had already kicked in her door, Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said.

Pickard said Bell walked out of the apartment as the officer walked toward the door. As Fong-Borden approached the door, Thomas allegedly shot him. Fong-Borden was wearing a bulletproof vest.

“[Fong-Borden] began to try and take cover, but at some point was shot in the abdomen area,” Pickard said.

Fong- Borden pulled out his city-issued Glock 22, a .40-caliber firearm, returned fire and hit Thomas in the side stomach area, Pickard said.

The two suspects ran toward the parking garage, with Thomas continuing to fire at the officer, Pickard said.

Police saw them crossing over a train track heading northbound toward Peachtree Park Drive.

An employee of Channel 2 Action News saw a man running with a “decent sized” gun in his left hand. She made a 911 call that helped officers capture him, the television station reported.

Officers found Bell and Thomas and recovered a 9mm handgun in a nearby Dumpster.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.

Fong-Borden was treated and released from Grady Memorial Hospital, Channel 2 reported.

Thomas is still recovering from a gunshot wound.

He and Bell were charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, home invasion, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and criminal damage to property.

Bell is set to appear in court again on June 20.