GSU officer stabbed at Woodruff Park, APD officer shoots attacke

GSU officer stabbed at Woodruff Park, APD officer shoots attacker

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Officer Toni Richardson Officer Toni Richardson
ATLANTA, Ga. - Officials confirm an Atlanta Police officer shot a man at Woodruff Park after the suspect assaulted a Georgia State University Police officer with a knife.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, APD officer Toni Richardson to question a man who appeared to be drinking alcohol around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say the man kept walking and came across a GSU police officer, who police say was helping assist the APD officer in the apprehension of the suspect. The GSU officer was in plain clothes.

The suspect took out a large butcher knife and assaulted the GSU officer with it. Eyewitnesses tell FOX 5's George Franco the suspect first pulled the knife when the APD officer tried to arrest him.
The man who stabbed the officer was shot by the APD officer, to stop the assault.

According to Atlanta Police, the GSU officer was injured in the incident. Both the officer and suspect were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and are in stable condition. The APD officer was not injured.

Police are asking any eyewitnesses to come forward with video, but at this point they say the shooting appears justified.

"Anybody attacked with a 14-inch butcher knife, and the individual is actually injured as a result of that, would be considered justifiable use of force," said Captain Paul Guerrucci with Atlanta Police.

FOX 5 will continue to update this developing story.

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