NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s top law enforcement official offered a sobering and blunt warning to Americans Wednesday: “It is a sad fact now that no one is safe."
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was responding to a spate of “tragic” and “particularly troubling” attacks across the country in recent weeks.
“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” she noted before listing several “brutal” cases from the past couple of months: The June massacre inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina; the attack at a Tennessee movie theater in July; and last month’s terrorist attack on military personnel in Tennessee.
“The particularly violent shootings of two Virginia reporters killed on air last week," Lynch said, also noting the deadly ambush of an officer pumping gas in Texas last week, and Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a police officer in Illinois.
"This violence against all of us — regardless of what uniform any of us wear — has to end,” Lynch said.
She said she “strongly condemn[s]” the recent attacks on police officers, adding, “Our hearts are broken over this.”
Lynch, speaking to a crowd at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said her own agency, the Justice Department, is trying to determine exactly what is behind the “uptick in violent crime.”
She noted that she’s holding a summit in Detroit later this month with law enforcement from certain cities around the country to discuss ways to address the issue. In addition, she has asked some U.S. attorneys to set up similar meetings in their own areas because "specific causes" of violence are "different in every location," she said.
Fox Lake Police Department(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The police officer killed in a Chicago suburb is being remembered by locals as a presence in the community.
Lt. Joe Gliniewicz served as a police officer for more than three decades and lived in Fox Lake, Illinois, a suburb about 55 miles north of Chicago.
"Not only did Fox Lake lose a family member, I lost a very dear friend," the town's mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference Tuesday.
Gliniewicz was a 30-year, decorated veteran of the force, Schmit said.
Gliniewicz, 52, was also a married father of four boys and an active member in the community, reportedly spending some of his time off the clock as a youth volunteer.
"Many residents in here knew him as G.I. Joe, we remember him as someone deeply committed to Fox Lake, to the profession and his fellow officers," Schmit said.
Gliniewicz was found by a back-up officer after he radioed in that he was going to pursue three suspicious individuals on foot. He had been shot. The only descriptions Gliniewicz gave of the men was that two of the men were white and one was black.
Gloda/iStock/Thinkstock(PHILIPPI, W. Va.) -- Twila Smith has spent three decades teaching.
All of those years, and nothing could have prepared her for the moment a student entered her classroom and put a gun to her head.
“I thought that it was my time,” Smith told ABC News.
The harrowing situation occurred Tuesday, Aug. 25, nine days into the school year at Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, West Virginia. The school was placed on lockdown.
Smith and her sixth-period world studies students were taken hostage, held at gunpoint by a 14-year-old freshman. The gunman ordered the students to put their cell phones on the floor and ordered the teacher to cover her classroom’s window, Smith said.
Since no one passing by in the hallway could see what was happening inside and with no way to call for help, Smith and her students spent the period trapped with the gunman.
“He said he was going to kill people and himself and there were times when he would actually hold the gun to himself briefly and then he would, he put it on about six students and as I said, and a lot of the beginning of the time it was on me,” she said.
Smith said she tried to keep the gunman from harming any students.
“I just kept asking him to let everybody leave and he and I would stay, anything I could think of, just telling him that he hadn’t gone too far,” she said.
When the bell rang for students to change classes, other students began knocking on the door. That meant more potential hostages.
Instead, Smith said, she turned the incoming students back and signaled a teacher, who called for help.
The school was evacuated, and police and the boy’s pastor were able to convince him to let the hostages go and surrender.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was held in a detention center following his arrest.
Smith said she’s proud of her students for maintaining their composure.
“I'm in charge of them when they're on my watch, and I hope when my kids went to school, the other people felt like that too,” Smith said. “I mean, when they walk in here, we're protecting, we're supposed to teach them and we're supposed to take care of them."
Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. A manhunt for three suspects is underway after an officer from Fox Lake Police was shot and killed this morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The manhunt for the three suspects believed to be responsible for the death of a police officer in a suburb of Chicago continues and now investigators said they are relying heavily on the public for help.
One of the biggest areas of focus is the collection of video footage from around the scene of the shooting in Fox Lake, Illinois, on Tuesday morning.
Chief George Filenko, the commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said that investigators have not found any substantial leads on the videos they've viewed so far but they are working their way through video collected at local businesses as well as footage from private residential security footage.
For now, they are still working with the sole description of the suspects that was radioed in by Lt. Joe Gliniewicz before he was fatally shot: that he was pursuing two white men and one black man on foot.
Filenko said there are about 100 investigators working on this case now, and he has no deadline in mind until the alleged killers are caught.
"I'm not going to set a time limit on this," Filenko said. "[We] have a murdered colleague. We're not going to stop."
Last night capped an intense 14-hour manhunt immediately following the morning shooting, and they have since expanded their search zone as a result of the dearth of discoveries so far.
Local, state and federal officials were called to the neighborhood of Fox Lake, in the wake of the fatal shooting. The Lake County Sheriff's office said there were 400 law enforcement officers taking part in the manhunt on Tuesday, including both local and federal SWAT teams. Additionally, 48 canine units and six air support units were called in to cover the area, which initially only covered 2 square miles.
Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday that primary area was released by the sheriff's office and turned over to the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, which is now handling the case.
"Obviously it's widened, it's widened from our original search area," Lake County Sheriff’s public information officer Christopher Covelli said this morning of the search area.
More than four area school districts closed Wednesday out of concerns about the active search.
"There is a sense of [worry] in the community, as there would be in any community in a situation like this. That's why we're out here," Covelli told ABC News.
Investigators are asking the public to be diligent in reporting anything that may mark suspicious activity.
"If they see something that's unusual and not normal to them, report it. Let us look into it," Covelli said.
Gliniewicz died after being shot following a foot pursuit of three men, police said. He described two of the men as being white and one as black, but gave no further description.
joebelanger/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to visit beaches this Labor Day weekend, but the holiday comes amid an increase in shark sightings.
Biologists have spotted dozens of great whites along the Atlantic coast this summer, including 23 great whites in a 10-mile stretch off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts Monday.
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Director Greg Skomal attributed the increased shark sightings to seal populations, which have been growing for decades – bringing the sharks further north, and closer to the shore, in search of food.
“Seals are riding along the shoreline, which of course draws the sharks in very, very close,” Skomal said.
“We’ve already seen as many sharks this year as we did last year,” he said, with more than a month to go in the monitoring period.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a nonprofit that raises awareness of the sharks and focuses on research and safety efforts, recently captured video showing a hungry great white leaping out of the water off of Cape Cod, trying to catch a seal.
More than 35 million Americans are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Travel -– the highest travel volume since 2008. The uptick is attributed in large part to falling gas prices.
iStock/Thinkstock(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — The police officer who was fatally shot Tuesday morning outside of Chicago has been identified as a longtime veteran of the local police force, the mayor said.
Joseph Gliniewicz was named as the police officer that was killed in Fox Lake, Illinois. The manhunt for three suspects believed to be involved in the shooting is underway and involves state and local officials, Lake County Sheriff's Department Det. Chris Covelli said Tuesday afternoon.
"Not only did Fox Lake lose a family member but I lost a very close friend," Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said at a news conference. He said that Gliniewicz was a father of four boys and had worked for the force for more than three decades.
"Many residents here knew him as G.I. Joe," Schmit said.
The deadly shooting is believed to have happened after the officer sent a radio message saying that he was chasing after three men, authorities said.
The incident started at 7.52 a.m. Tuesday when the officer said via radio that he was pursuing two white men and one black man, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Police lost communication with the officer after his radio message, and a backup officer found him injured, police said.
The three suspects remain at large, the Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Canine crews are being used as well as officers on foot and in helicopters in the search.
The FBI is assisting local authorities and a representative told ABC News that they have agents on the ground. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are already at the scene and the U.S. Marshals confirmed to ABC News that members of its Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force are on their way to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration has established a temporary flight restriction over the search zone, and it is scheduled to be in effect until Wednesday afternoon. Fox Lake is a suburb about 60 miles north of central Chicago.
Daniel Britt/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.) -- Police get it: Speed cameras can be pesky.
“Nobody has ever really liked getting a ticket – whether it’s from me or from a camera,” Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas Didone tells ABC News.
But it turns out those cameras can reduce fatal or incapacitating injury crashes by almost 40 percent on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or below, according to a study released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Speed is a factor in about a third of fatal crashes in the U.S., the IIHS study says. But many commuters don’t realize how much putting the pedal to the metal can affect their safety.
“I don’t think the general public understands the consequences of speeding,” Didone says. “They don’t see the carnage on the highways that I do.”
If every county in the U.S. had enacted speed-camera programs like the one in Montgomery County, Maryland, where the study was conducted, they could have prevented around 21,000 fatal or incapacitating injury crashes in 2013 alone, IIHS projects.
Now equipped with more than 80 speed cams, Montgomery County has seen a 59 percent reduction in the likelihood of a driver exceeded the speed limit by more than 10 mph on roads with camera corridors. And drivers are pumping the brakes even on roads that don’t have speed cameras.
"t's a good thing to have a speed camera right there so people can actually be more cautious, stop, slow down,” Montgomery County local DeAndre Wilson told ABC. “They snap real quick. You just see ‘em flash and you look around: Oh, they got me, they got me, yeah.”
But some locals are skeptical.
“I think the cameras are bogus,” Tiana Harris told ABC. “There's times where I get speed tickets where I'm like, there's no way José I was speeding, because I’m like a grandma driving down the road.”
To the doubters, Didone says: Officers routinely check the speed camera readings against other instruments, like handheld radar and laser guns. And if the camera malfunctions during setup or shutdown, the entire day’s readings are voided.
Meanwhile, using cameras frees up police to pursue other department safety goals – and unlike officers, cameras “never have to stop for coffee or a donut or take a bathroom break,” Didone laughs.
So next time you get caught speeding, instead of griping, think of the lives the camera may have saved -– and if speed limits are low, maybe ease off the gas pedal.
ABC News(GREENOUGH, Mont.) -- It might look like a luxury hotel room, but this high-end resort isn’t in a big city: It’s a tent in the middle of Montana.
From their robes and slippers to the camping butler assigned to every guest to take care of their every need, the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, may have set the standard for "glamping" -- glamorous camping.
“There is always a butler on duty. All you have to do is push a button, and if you don’t call, we’re just sitting around, so call and ask for some wine,” Mike Grey, a camping butler at the resort, told ABC News’ “Nightline.”
Some of the tents are more than 1,000 square feet, with wood floors, electric blankets, indoor plumbing and heated bathroom floors. Celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, and CEOs are regular guests at the resort.
But the classically trained chefs, opulent accommodations and wide array of activities come at a price. For a family of four, glamping at the resort can cost at least $10,000 for a minimum week stay.
“[I’m] not really a camping type of person, but the glamping makes it worth it,” Debbie Leonard, who came to the resort with her family from South Carolina, told “Nightline.” “You have a butler and chef working for you, so glamping is the way to go.”
The glamping industry says the trend has been on the rise for the past decade. The Resort at Paws Up opened ten years ago with three tents and now has 30, along with 28 cabins.
Activities at the resort range from working on a real cattle drive and skeet shooting to horseback riding and fly fishing. And at the end of the day, guests can get a spa treatment in one of six spa tents and a meal prepared by highly trained chefs.
Despite being on call 24/7, many of the staff members at the resort say they’re the lucky ones.
“We get to stay up here all season. They have to go home after a week. I’ve taken Montana for granted my whole life,” Grey said. “I’ve had every single guest remind me this place is damn beautiful. It is awesome to be here.”
TwinStrangers(SPRING, Texas) -- A woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina, recently met her doppelganger in Spring, Texas, face-to-face for the first time -- an encounter they both said they'll "never forget" and made possible by a website called Twin Strangers.
Niamh Geaney, 26, previously made headlines when she met up with two doppelgangers -- one in her home country of Ireland and another in Italy -- through Twin Strangers, the website she co-created inspired by a challenge she had with her friends to see who could discover more lookalikes, she told ABC News.
After the "life-changing meet-ups," she said she wanted others to have the same experience she did, and she offered to help other users in the Twin Stranger community meet up.
"I got an email from Jennifer, a 33-year-old woman from Spring, Texas, who said within five minutes of signing up for our site, she found her doppelganger, Ambra, a 23-year-old woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina," Geaney said. She explained that when users register, they fill out questionnaires that ask them to choose the pictured physical features they feel they have. Once finished registering, users then get an initial list of potential strangers.
"Once we contacted Jennifer and Geaney and got their photos side-by-side, we were like 'Whoa! That's a match, we've got to get them together!'" Geaney said.
Ambra and Jennifer deferred inquiries about their meet-up to Geaney, and ABC News is respecting their wishes not to identify their surnames.
Geaney said that just a few weeks ago, she flew from Ireland to Texas to help arrange and film Ambra and Jennifer's meet-up. She helped cover the cost of Ambra's plane ticket and hotel room for the trip, she added.
The two of them both said they were "nervous" about the meet-up in the video Geaney took and uploaded to YouTube.
"I was fine right up until I got up to the elevator to come down and see her," Ambra said. "And then suddenly I was all nervous and suddenly my hands were shaking and I was like, oh my lord, I'm actually gonna meet her."
"When I finally met her it was like oh my goodness [...] she really does have my face," Ambra said. She joked to Jennifer that her parents had spent the past two days trying to talk her out of coming because "apparently, coming to meet somebody I have no clue who they are bothers them."
Jennifer told Ambra she wasn't what she expected, but rather, "way more like me than I expected." The two said they both shared similar "likes and dislikes" including a common interest in horses and reading.
Ambra got to meet Jennifer's mother and partner, who both freaked out after meeting her lookalike.
"How can this be?" Jennifer's mother asked Geaney upon first seeing her. "There's no way. Ya'll are just too much alike. ... You're my daughter. You look so much like my daughter. Your smiles are the same. How is this possible? Are you adopted?"
Jennifer's partner, Travis, froze the moment he met Ambra.
"Oh my god, that's uncanny!" he said. "Man, you even got the same squint. ... Oh my god, it's kind of creepy and scary but fascinating."
Geaney told ABC News that "it was very funny seeing that Ambra and Jennifer had the exact same reaction" she had when she met her doppelgangers and the experience was "so surreal" for her.
Geaney also arranged a photo shoot in which they wore similar clothing, hairstyles and makeup to try and look even more alike than they already did.
She said that though the two may be far apart, they still communicate regularly online and tat they're likely never going to forget each other or their weekend together.
San Francisco shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. KGO/Steinle Family
(SAN FRANCISCO) — The family of Kate Steinle, the woman gunned down on a San Francisco pier this summer, filed a lawsuit Tuesday over her death.
The lawsuit names San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
"We're frustrated," Brad Steinle, Kate's brother, said Tuesday at a family news conference. "We're here to make sure that a change is made so nobody has to endure the pain that my mom and dad and I go through on a daily basis.
"Because the system failed our sister," he added, fighting back tears. “And at this point nobody has taken responsibility, accountability. And nothing has changed.”
Steinle said the family hopes to "start the process of change so people will feel safe when they come to this city."
Kate Steinle, 32, was walking on a pier with her father July 1 when she was shot dead, authorities said. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to murder, according to court records.
The Steinle family blames the officials who released the suspect from jail prior to the July shooting. The suspect, Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, had been deported several times.
Sanchez has five previous convictions for re-entry after deportation, according to court records. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.
The Bureau of Land Management has said that the gun used was stolen from a federal agent's car. The gun was government property and belonged to one of their enforcement rangers, the BLM said in a statement.
A BLM official told ABC News that the theft took place from a secured vehicle on June 27. The theft was then immediately reported to the San Francisco police, a BLM statement said.
"It's too late for us, that ship has sailed," Liz Sullivan, Kate's mother, said to ABC station KGO-TV. "But we want it for future, possible victims."
Sheriff Mirkarimi has said federal authorities did not provide the legal basis his department would have needed to hold Sanchez, who was released in April by San Francisco officials after marijuana charges against him were dropped.
"Federal courts have actually held that detaining someone for ICE is unconstitutional, it's unlawful," sheriff's office attorney Mark Nicco said, according to KGO-TV.
San Francisco's sanctuary-related ordinance says the sheriff can comply with federal detainers if the person was convicted of a violent felony or currently faces a similar offense.
"If we're not honoring ICE holds, but out the back door calling ICE to come pick somebody up, I think that's a complete contrast to what the due process for all law is," Nicco said.
In July, Mirkarimi said that, on Dec. 11, 1995, a San Francisco court issued a bench warrant for Sanchez's arrest for failing to appear on felony drug charges.
On March 23, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Prisons called the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and requested confirmation for an outstanding 1995 felony warrant for Sanchez for possession of marijuana and sale of marijuana, Mirkarimi said. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wanted to confirm the warrant was still in effect in San Francisco, Mirkarimi said, adding that the sheriff's department followed established protocols.
On March 26, 2015, Sanchez was transported to San Francisco County Jail and booked on the 20-year-old felony warrant, Mirkarimi said. On March 27, 2015, Sanchez appeared in court and the District Attorney moved to dismiss the charges.
Between March 27 and April 14, 2015, the Sheriff's office communicated with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to confirm that Sanchez had completed his federal sentence, Mirkarimi said. On April 15, 2015, Sanchez was legally released from San Francisco County Jail after the sheriff's department confirmed he had no outstanding warrants or judicial orders.
Based on a city ordinance and the police's policy on immigration detainers, Sanchez was deemed ineligible for extended detention for U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) proceedings, Mirkarimi said.
ICE "did not provide the Sheriff's Department with a warrant or a judicial order to hold him for proceedings," Mirkarimi said in July.
"Had ICE sought the requested legal order or warrant, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department naturally and will always comply and would have complied if that legal order or warrant would have been presented to us," Mirkarimi said. "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Kenya Briggs, Public Information Officer for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, said in a statement Monday, "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Representatives for ICE and the BLM did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Tuesday.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The day turned out to be extra special for Chicago, Illinois, student Valerie Herrera, who had the opportunity to sing before Pope Francis Tuesday.
Herrera, 17, a senior at Cristo Bey Jesuit High School, joined Americans chosen from all over the U.S. in a virtual audience with the pope via satellite. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News' anchor David Muir.
Herrera said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America that she did not know she would have the chance to even speak with the pope until just moments before.
"They told me ...‘Oh, you’re going to be talking to the pope,’ and I was like, ‘What? Really?,'" Herrera recalled. "I thought they were joking and then I guess it was the real deal."
When it was her time to speak, Herrera told the pontiff that she'd struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white spots on the face and body, since she was 4 and that she'd endured bullying for years.
The eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, Herrera said she was very active in her church and joined her church choir. Thanks to singing and the support of her family, she told Pope Francis, through tears, that she'd finally learned to be more comfortable with herself.
Then she got a surprise request from the pontiff.
"May I ask for you to sing a song for me?" he said. "Be courageous."
After a pause and encouragement from the audience, Herrera performed, singing "Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria)."
"Well I didn’t expect it to happen and so it just happened and so I really couldn’t say no," Herrera said of the moment, adding that she chose the song because it was one her mom had taught her as a child in the choir.
"It was just like the first song that kind of popped in my head," she said. "At first I had like no clue how to start it off. I couldn’t remember the first words."
"I looked back to my mom, because she was sitting in the crowd, and I was like, 'Okay, she’s here and I can do it,'" Herrera added. "I guess just looking at her gave me the courage."
Afterward, Pope Francis thanked her for singing.
Herrera, who will be the first member of her family to attend college and plans to become a pharmacist, said she also received words of encouragement from her classmates.
"They would send me messages or they’d just text me, saying, ‘Oh my gosh, you did beautifully. You did such a great job...We’re so proud of you...I knew you could do it,'" Herrera said. "It was just a really good experience."
rhythmbehavior/iStock/Thinkstock(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- Following a Supreme Court decision that a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis said Tuesday that she would not issue marriage licenses at all.
The Rowan County Deputy Clerk told ABC News Tuesday that Davis decided no marriage licenses would be issued Tuesday. Davis had said that she had not given out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right in July, based on religious beliefs.
A federal district judge ruled that Davis could not deny same-sex couples licenses based on her religion. That ruling was backed up by an appeals court, and on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court.
Because Davis continued Tuesday to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a motion for contempt of court has been filed against her.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a motion on Tuesday to have Davis fined for her unwillingness to comply with the court's decision.
Illustration by Patrick Lynch/Yale University(NEW YORK) — If you think scorpions are scary now, wait until you get a look at their human-sized prehistoric cousins.
The Pentecopterus, named after a Greek warship that resembles the outline of the species, was a fearsome predator that lurked in the sea 460 million years ago, according to a study published on Monday in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
The scary predator had a long head with a narrow body and several pairs of limbs that were likely used to swim, dig and snare its prey, according to the study.
The surprisingly well-preserved fossil, which included 150 fragments, was excavated from a fossil bed in the Upper Iowa River.
"Perhaps most surprising is the fantastic way it is preserved -- the exoskeleton is compressed on the rock but can be peeled off and studied under a microscope," James Lamsdell, the lead author of the study at Yale University, said in a statement. "This shows an amazing amount of detail, such as the patterns of small hairs on the legs. At times it seems like you are studying the shed skin of a modern animal -- an incredibly exciting opportunity for any paleontologist."
The finding is significant for paleontologists since the sea scorpion is believed to be at least 10 million years older than previous members of its eurypterid group that have been discovered, along with the largest known to have existed.
icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) -- Six men were detained on Monday night after a verbal altercation prompted a plane to make an unscheduled stop on the way from San Diego to Chicago.
According to ABC affiliate KVII-TV, the plane was diverted to Rick Husband International Airport shortly before 11 p.m. CT Monday. Police said that several passengers reported feeling uncomfortable with the way the six men were treating crew members, and a verbal altercation followed.
The men are being held pending an investigation of the incident, and that there were no weapons involved and no injuries.
aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Officials in Atlanta say an area police officer and a homeowner were each shot overnight Monday into Tuesday.
According to ABC affiliate WSB-TV, police officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood when they approached a home that they believed fit the description of where the individual had been seen. Officials later said that the home was not the right one.
Officials say they are still working to determine the sequence of events that led to the shooting, but that one officer and the homeowner were each shot in the leg. WSB-TV reports that the officer is in critical condition and that the homeowner is expected to be okay. A dog was also killed in the incident.
Three officers involved in the incident have all been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday said that two officers fired their weapons at the dog in the kitchen. At that point, a homeowner exited a room near the kitchen and was shot in the leg by one of the officers. Preliminary investigation showed that the injured officer was likely shot by one of the other officers on the scene by accident.