A man has been arrested after police say he shot a DeKalb County police officer Thursday morning while serving a warrant in southwest Atlanta.
The officer working with the U.S. Marshal Task Force, identified as James Hobbs, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was alert, conscious and breathing.
CBS Atlanta Sky Eye flew over AMC as the victim arrived in a U.S. Marshal Service SUV.
The U. S. Marshals-led fugitive task force was called in to assist the Atlanta Police Department Gang Unit in the arrest and search warrant service on Titus Bates, 40, for narcotics violations in southwest Atlanta.
Bates has an extensive criminal history and was armed with a .45-caliber pistol which he used to fire at officers through the door of his home on Diana Drive S.W.
"While this is a worst-case scenario for any law enforcement agency, we dealt with the issue calmly and smoothly, focusing on getting our guy to the hospital without losing much blood and arresting the fugitive," said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Keith Booker, task force commander. "This is a scenario we have drilled and trained in anticipation of for years, and when it occurred, the training kicked in."
Bates is in custody and unharmed.
Hobbs has been with DeKalb County police for 12 years. He's been a member of the task force for three years.
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