Off-duty Atlanta cop exchanges gunfire with suspected intruder at Bankhead home

An off-duty Atlanta officer had a run-in with a home invasion suspect who tried to break into his car and his house in northwest Atlanta on Thursday, police said.

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An off-duty Atlanta officer had a run-in with a home invasion suspect who tried to break into his car and his house in northwest Atlanta on Thursday, police said.

An off-duty Atlanta police officer exchanged gunfire Thursday evening with a man who tried to break into his car and force his way into the cop’s Bankhead home, authorities said.

According to police, the alleged intruder opened fire on the officer around 5 p.m. after the officer confronted him at his home along Proctor Street on the city’s northwest side. The officer returned fire with his city-issued gun, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The incident is under investigation as an attempted home invasion. Police did not specify where on the property the gunfire took place.

While the name of the officer was not released, the spokesman noted he was not injured during the shootout. It was not clear if the suspect, who was not publicly identified, was injured by the gunfire.

The man ran from the scene and had not been located Thursday, according to police.

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