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.