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Officer shoots, kills suspected thief in Inman Park

10:16 AM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- An Atlanta police officer shot and killed a suspect while responding to a report of a man breaking into cars on North Highland Avenue Wednesday.

Police spokesman Officer John Chafee said the officer encountered a man in a parking lot. Chafee said the officer and the suspect got into a physical altercation that escalated. Tthe officer shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

Detectives say evidence indicates that the suspect did break into a car at the scene. He has not been identified; Chafee described him as a man in his early to mid-30s.

The officer, who was slightly injured in the scuffle, will be placed on routine leave, Chafee said.

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