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DeKalb police officer shot five times, still alive

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Officer Chester Lamb Officer Chester Lamb
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (CBS46) -

A man is dead and a police officer in serious condition following a shootout at a Stone Mountain apartment complex. DeKalb County Police were called to the Marquis Pointe Apartments just after 2:00 a.m. Sunday for a report of a man firing a weapon.

Police could not originally find the suspect, but they were sent to the same place about 90 minutes later when another 911 caller said the suspect was banging on the front door and shooting a gun in the air.

When officers encountered the suspect, there was a shootout.

One officer, 43-year-old Chester Lamb, was shot five times, and he is in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is a 7 year veteran of the force.

His partner was not injured.

The suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire. He has been identified as Frederick Farmer, 20.

G.B.I. is investigating the shooting, as they do with most officer-involved deaths.

This is the second time in twenty-four hours that a person has died during a police encounter in the Stone Mountain area.  Early Saturday morning, a man died while Gwinnett County Police were attempting to arrest him following a long standoff at a house on Rock Place Drive.  There were no guns fired in that incident, and the suspect's cause of death has not been officially determined.

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