Officers wound man in shootout

Clark Atlanta police say man shot first. More than 22 rounds fired. exchanged.

Clark Atlanta University police officers shot an armed man during a confrontation Wednesday afternoon about three blocks from the campus entrance.

The gunfire lasted a "good 10 seconds," said Larry Smith, 40, who witnessed the incident. Police subsequently confirmed more than 22 rounds were fired during the exchange.

The Clark Atlanta officers responded to a call of suspicious activity on Parsons Street around 2 p.m., said university spokeswoman Jennifer Jiles.

When they arrived, the officers spotted two unidentified men brandishing guns. Told to drop their weapons, only one complied; the other fired at the officers, who returned fire, Jiles said.

The wounded man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, while the other was detained for questioning.

Neither Clark officer was hurt. Both are on paid leave while the Atlanta Police Department investigates the shooting, Jiles said.