ATLANTA (AP) – A gunman inside a gun shop near Atlanta began shooting at police officers, who returned fire after responding to reports of a break-in at the business shortly before dawn Tuesday, Marietta police said.
No injuries were reported and four suspects have been apprehended at the Deercreek Gunshop in Marietta, just northwest of Atlanta, Marietta police Officer Brittany Wallace told The Associated Press.
Officers responding to a report of a burglary noticed movement on top of and inside the building, and soon apprehended two suspects, Wallace said. A third suspect inside the business fired on the officers, who returned fire, but no one was hit by the gunshots, she said. A fourth suspect came out of the business with his hands up.
Police were using an armored police vehicle to make entry into the gun store, Wallace said shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“We don’t know whether there are any other suspects inside the business, so that’s why we’re taking it slow and making sure everyone goes home today,” Wallace said.
Police were responding to a report of a burglary at the business when they came under attack. Wallace said she didn’t know exactly how the report was received by police, but she said there were no signs of any type of ambush or attempt to lure officers to the store. Police nationwide have been on high alert in the wake of recent killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Video from a television news helicopter showed officers taking cover behind police cars outside the gun store.
“There are several officers, and our response to anything here lately has been that way,” Wallace said. “We want to make sure the business is secure, but also the surroundings are secure for our safety.”
Marietta is about 18 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.