Officers injured in Woodruff Park incident released from hospital

Two officers injured as a man wielded a butcher knife in downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park on Wednesday were released from the hospital.

Atlanta police officer Toni Richardson and Georgia State University officer Jamison Brinkley were both discharged from Grady Memorial Hospital on Thursday, according to Channel 2 Action News.

One of the officers was wounded in the back during the afternoon incident, which ended with the suspect being shot. He was transported to Grady, where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said Thursday.

The incident began after an Atlanta police officer attempted to question a man who appeared to be drinking alcohol in the downtown park, department spokesman Officer John Chafee said shortly after the incident. The man did not respond to police inquires and walked in the direction of a plain clothes GSU officer, who was attempting to aid Atlanta police. As the man got closer to the GSU officer, he pulled out the large knife and wounded the officer.

“An APD officer saw the threat to another person and stopped the threat,” homicide unit commander Capt. Paul Guerrucci said during a news conference at the scene.