2 Atlanta police vehicles crash in Midtown responding to shots fired

An Atlanta police officer was temporarily trapped after an accident on Spring Street at North Avenue shortly after 9 p.m., police said. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM
An Atlanta police officer was temporarily trapped after an accident on Spring Street at North Avenue shortly after 9 p.m., police said. BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

Two Atlanta police officers collided in Midtown while responding to a shots fired call shortly after 9 p.m., police said.

Officers in Atlanta’s Zone 5 responded to reports of shots being fired behind Suite Lounge, which is located at 375 Luckie Street, Officer Lukasz Sajdak, a spokesman for Atlanta police, said.

A police SUV and a patrol car en route to the shooting collided on Spring Street at North Avenue.

A witness said neither officer slowed down in the intersection.

“We heard all the cops coming this way,” Carolyn Royal said. “When they got right here, they hit each other.”

Royal said she was at work across the street at Goodfellas Pizza and Wings when she heard the crash.

Both cars had their lights on, heading in opposite directions, Royal said. The collision spun the SUV around and damaged the patrol car’s driver side door so fire officials had to cut the officer out.

Both streets were shut down while the fire department got the trapped officer out of the patrol car, Sajdak said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital in good condition and no serious injuries were reported.

“They were just speeding and neither one of them stopped and they collided into one another,” Royal said. “No one knows why. We just seen them and all of a sudden boom!”

Officers at the scene where shots were reportedly fired did not find anyone who had been shot, Sajdak said.

An investigation into both incidents is ongoing.

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