Parent shot by officer outside SW Atlanta high school charged

A GBI vehicle is parked in front of Booker T. Washington High School, where an Atlanta Public Schools police officer shot a parent who was allegedly brandishing a gun outside the building Wednesday.

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A GBI vehicle is parked in front of Booker T. Washington High School, where an Atlanta Public Schools police officer shot a parent who was allegedly brandishing a gun outside the building Wednesday.

Credit: GBI

Officials have identified the parent of a student at a southwest Atlanta high school who brandished a gun outside of the school and was shot in the hand by a police officer Wednesday afternoon.

Tierra Vachon, 30, was arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail on multiple charges after being released from the hospital, the GBI said in a news release.

The incident began with a fight between students at Booker T. Washington High School, according to a statement from Atlanta Public Schools. In response, multiple parents arrived and began to fight outside of the school, authorities said.

Around 4:15 p.m., APS police officers responded. Vachon was among the group fighting and was brandishing a gun, the GBI said. According to the APS statement, she began waving the gun in the direction of students and staff. An APS officer told Vachon to drop the gun several times, but when she refused, the officer fired one shot and hit her in the hand, the GBI said.

Paramedics were called to the scene to treat Vachon’s hand and she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, APS said. Vachon’s injury was non-life-threatening and she was later released and taken to jail, the GBI said. No other injuries were reported.

Vachon was charged with obstruction, carrying a weapon on school property and disrupting public school, online jail records show.

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