Atlanta-area cops went into the wrong house after receiving a call about a burglary on Monday night, resulting in one officer shooting and critically injuring another, the resident getting shot in the leg, and the death of the resident's dog.
"Early investigation indicates that the injured officer was likely shot accidentally by one of the other officers on the scene," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press
That officer was shot in the hip, and was soon taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
"Upon entry to the residence, the officers encountered a dog," GBI spokesman Scott Dutton said in an email, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported
. "Two officers fired their weapons, striking and killing the animal in the kitchen."
The owners of the home, Chris and Leah McKinley, were watching the movie "Serendipity" when the commotion began.
A neighbor, Tama Colson, said she was out on a walk when Chris came stumbling out of the house.
"I hear Leah screaming, I see Chris walking out, 'They just shot me, they just shot me, and they killed my dog,'" Colson said. "So I got him to lay down, took my shirt off and rendered first aid. And Chris just kept saying, 'Why did they shoot me? Why did they shoot my dog?'"
McKinley was reportedly treated at Atlanta Medical Center and released on crutches.
DeKalb's interim police Chief James Conroy said that the original 911 call about a possible burglary came from a cell phone, and did not provide an exact address — merely a description of the home.
"Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But when we find that we made a mistake, we own it. We own the fact that we were at the wrong house," he said. "We didn’t hide it. We didn’t mismanage it. We were at the wrong location based on information that was given to us."
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