Keystone Ga. Cops Bungle Call, Shoot Homeowner, Fellow Officer And Kill Family Dog (VIDEO)

Cue the “Yakety Sax.”

Two “Keystone” Georgia cops in DeKalb County are suffering from a bungled call to investigate a possible burglary at a private residence. In the process, one officer accidentally shot another, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the homeowner was shot and the family dog was killed. The clincher here, is that the cops had the wrong damn house.

Monday night, DeKalb County Director of Public Safety Cedric Alexander says, officers were responding to a call on the 1500 block of Boulderwoods Dr. related to a “suspicious person in the neighborhood.” Apparently, because the caller did not give an exact address, officers were not 100 percent sure where they were responding to, hence the unfortunate mix-up and resulting injuries. After the officers found a home they felt matched the description, they entered.

According to authorities, officers entered through an unlocked back door and suddenly, for reasons not yet clear, gunfire rang out like Jiffy-Pop on date night.

Alexander states:

“It was determined that a dog was shot and killed inside the residence. A DeKalb County officer was shot as well.”

Right, but how about telling the public something they don’t already know at this point? And why not go ahead and mention the homeowner was shot, too, while you’re at it? Surely the officers involved and the bullet-pierced homeowner can recount what happened from their own separate perspectives and a larger picture can become a little clearer for the public, no?

Luckily, the homeowner was only shot in the leg and is going to be okay, having been transported to and treated at, the Atlanta Medical Center. He has since been released.

The officer shot by his fellow officer, however, is in more serious condition, but is likely to survive. That officer was shot in the hip and taken to a different facility from the homeowner – Grady Memorial Hospital, where the officer underwent surgery and is seriously wounded, but stable at the very least.

Additionally, investigation into the matter has yielded no criminal activity at the residence where the shootings occurred.

GBI issued in a statement:

“The GBI will conduct an independent investigation to determine what occurred during the incident. When the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the district attorney for any action the district attorney deems appropriate.”

To the credit of the officers involved in this major foul-up, they have not, as of yet, attempted to claim the homeowner ever threatened them or possessed a weapon of any sort. They have also admitted the house they were looking for was actually down the road a bit more.

And that’s good. Cops admitting their mistakes is a decent, human thing to do. This would likely lead to far less scandal and inflaming of tensions between police and their respective communities if they would only admit it when they make mistakes and do whatever they can to correct it for the victims involved and the community as a whole.

Alexander said:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out the homeowner. And our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer who suffered a severe, critical injury here tonight and lost a lot of blood. We just hope both of them recover well.”

Neighbor to the injured homeowner Bob Gilman claims crime has been increasing as of late and he’s lived in his home for 44 years. Gilman said:

“This is a rough area. We have a lot of crime… robberies, burglaries, shootings.”

Due to the nature of the incident, Alexander said he felt the investigation would be best conducted by a third-party – GBI – and again, that seems like a good, honest move. In the meantime, all three officers present and involved in the Keystone shootout are being placed on administrative leave while the investigation rolls forward.

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