Officials ID man killed in Midtown shootout that also injured officer


An Atlanta police officer was wounded and the suspected gunman was killed during an exchange of gunfire afternoon inside a Midtown apartment building.
Joseph Lee Humbles, 29, of Atlanta was fatally shot after opening fire on a group of officers, hitting one in the face, according to the GBI. The officer was shot at the Solace on Peachtree Apartments in the 700 block of Peachtree Street, one block north of the iconic Fox Theatre.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said two officers were “ambushed” while responding to a report of a shooting on the building’s eighth floor shortly after 1 p.m.. According to the GBI, two officers rode the elevator up, and as the door opened on the eighth floor Humbles immediately began shooting.
The two officers were able to return fire, which struck Humbles,” agency spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. “Humbles died as a result of his injuries.”
Investigators determined that Humbles shot another person prior to the officers’ arrival, she said. That person was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
The wounded officer was shot once in the face. He was carried outside by his colleagues and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta police Chief Rodney Bryant said. He was listed as stable late afternoon
It is only through their training and by the grace of God that these officers did not come upon a more tragic situation,” Bryant told reporters
The injured officer was alert and speaking with family members and colleagues at the hospital, authorities said. His name was not released.
A chaotic scene unfolded as officers from across the city flooded Midtown on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses looked on in disbelief as police helicopters circled overhead and SWAT units responded to the scene.
Several blocks of Peachtree Street are blocked Wednesday after an officer was shot at an apartment building. There is a heavy police presence in the area.
Patrick Walker, who works as a concierge for the apartment building, was at the front desk when he he heard what sounded like a loud box drop to the floor. Police came running through the doors, scattering employees and others in the lobby, Walker told the AJC from the scene.
From his position inside a locked leasing office, Walker said he heard lots of gunfire. He then saw an officer being carried out by his arms and legs “bleeding so bad.”
“I’ve never known what it meant to run for your life and be so scared,” he said. “Now I do.”
One woman who lives across the street looked on from the window of her apartment as five officers picked up the wounded policeman and carried him down Peachtree.
“They scooped him up and carried him to the ambulance,” said the witness, who didn’t want her name used out of fear for her safety. “It was pretty unsettling.”
She took photos as backup arrived and dozens of police vehicles lined Peachtree Street beneath her apartment building, a rare sight for Midtown.
Midtown residents looked on from their apartment windows as police flooded Peachtree Street following the officer’s shooting.
“Before this I really never felt nervous,” she said. “Stuff does happen around here but I always felt like Midtown flew under the radar. This takes everything to a new level here today. I don’t know that I’ll sleep very well tonight.”
Several blocks of Peachtree Street are blocked Wednesday after an officer was shot at an apartment building. There is a heavy police presence in the area.
Bryant met with the officer and his family at Grady shortly before 6 p.m., the chief told reporters outside the hospital.
“We will continue to support his family as well as the officer who was with him at the time of the incident,” Bryant said, praising the officers who rushed to the scene after the officer was wounded.
One officer, he said, was injured in a crash while driving to the apartment building to help his colleagues.
“I’m often asked if officers have backed off from doing their jobs, doing their duty,” Bryant said. “Today shows that has not happened. (They) rushed into that facility recognizing they were coming up on a dangerous situation.”
Peachtree Street remained shut down between Ponce de Leon Avenue and 5th Street for most of the day as police investigated. Several side streets were also blocked near the apartment building
Atlanta real estate agent Jamie Sternlieb described the chaos as police descended on the area. She planned to go to CVS to pick up a prescription, but decided to walk the other way when she heard the commotion.
”There are a ton of cops and they have some of the buildings on lockdown,” she told the AJC. “They’re not letting anyone into that area and they’re not letting cars through.
U.S. Army veteran Anthony Crawford was sitting outside a restaurant near the Solace building when he saw the two officers walk inside. Minutes later, he heard gunshots and ran f


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