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Pistol whipping leads to SWAT call in Castleberry Hill

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A SWAT situation that created loud booms in the Castleberry Hill community of southwest Atlanta early Thursday morning ended with officers turning up empty-handed.

Police were called to an apartment near the intersection of Fair Street and Walker Street at about 2 a.m. Thursday. Officers located a victim who said he had met a man earlier in the day and that the two of them returned to the victim's apartment, police said.

As the men were hanging out, the suspect pulled out a pistol and began striking the victim in the head and face, police said. The victim resisted and the suspect fired the gun as the victim fled to a third story balcony. The victim then jumped to his neighbor's balcony to escape the assault and called police.

The victim told police that he believed the suspect was still inside the residence, located above a shoe store on Fair Street, police said. Officers called SWAT members, who set off loud explosions at about 4:15 a.m. as they burst through the glass door of the building.

When officers entered the apartment, the place was empty. Authorities continue to search for the suspect.

The victim suffered injuries to his face and head and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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