GBI agents collect evidence at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Ellison Court in south Cobb County early Thursday morning. A Cobb County police officer and a suspect were both wounded in the shooting, according to police.
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NEW DETAILS: Officer, man injured in shooting in south Cobb neighborhood

An officer and a 58-year-old man were injured Wednesday night after police responded to a shots fired call in south Cobb County, authorities said. 

The officer, who was shot in the hand, was treated and released from Grady Memorial Hospital, Cobb County police told Channel 2 Action News.

The suspect, identified by the GBI as James Edward Rucker, was shot in the torso and was taken to WellStar Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.


 

The shooting happened late Wednesday night in the 900 block of Ellison Court, which is near South Gordon Road. According to police, officers responded about 11 p.m. to check out a report of someone firing a handgun outside a home.

"When officers arrived, there wasn't anyone outside," police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk told the news station from the scene. 

As one officer approached the front door of the residence, another saw Rucker in the doorway and opened fire. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Rucker was shot multiple times and the officer at the door was shot, too.

“A male in the residence actually answered with a handgun in his hand,” and “may have pointed the weapon” at officers, Delk said. 

The GBI, which is investigating the incident, has not confirmed that account but did locate a gun in the doorway of the residence. It is not clear who shot the officer. 

GBI agents responded to the Ellison Court home overnight after a Cobb County officer was shot in the arm, and a suspect was shot in the torso.
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This the 16th time the agency has been requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in 2020.


 

The Cobb County incident comes the day after a Conyers police officer opened fire on a suspect in a stolen vehicle. The shooting, which occurred after the suspect rammed a patrol car, set off a chase that ended in DeKalb County on Tuesday night, officials said. 

The suspect in that incident is still at large, according to the GBI. 

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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.

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