Dekalb County, Georgia police received several calls around 2AM about a man shooting a gun at Marquis Pointe apartment complex in Stone Mountain. According to NBC Channel 11 News, officers went to the location but could not locate the suspect. Police said that the shots fired had damaged some of the apartments.
At 3:30AM, police received another call about the same man knocking on a woman’s door in the complex. Police returned to the scene and the suspect opened fire on police. An officer was struck multiple times and fired back, killing the suspect.
According to Fox 5 News Atlanta, DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy said, “Before the officers could even enter the building, the suspect immediately and unexpectedly came out and began firing at the officers.”
The suspect has been identified as Frederick Farmer, a man in his 20’s.
“Farmer’s body will be taken to the DeKalb County morgue where an autopsy will be performed,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said in an email to reporters.
The officer, identified as veteran officer Chester Lamb, suffered five gunshot wounds and was rushed to the hospital. Police Captain Steven Fore said that Lamb is in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.
By the end of the weekend, a yellow crime scene marker tagged the position of the handgun used in the shootout.
DeKalb Police put the two officers involved in the case on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the findings by G.B.I.