STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting at a Stone Mountain gas station Sunday morning.
Officials say the incident began at 9:17 a.m., when officers were called to a burglary in the 5100 block of West Mountain Road. Residents told police they awoke to find the suspect, identified as 53-year-old Mark Freeman, inside their home. Freeman allegedly left the home after taking a shotgun.
Chavi Hillman told FOX 5 she spotted Freeman while walking to work. At first, she said, she thought he was carrying a log, but as he came within several feet of her, she realized it was a shotgun.
"When I did see, ‘Oh, it is a gun,’ like for real for real, I did get a little scared," Hillman said. "Once I saw him walking behind me, and I sped up the pace, all I could really think about was getting into something familiar like my job." Hillman said he appeared to be talking to himself.
During a search, officers with the DeKalb County Police Department and Stone Mountain Police Department met Freeman near the Citgo gas station on the 6200 block of East Ponce de Leon Avenue.
During the encounter, police say Freeman would not drop the shotgun. A DeKalb County police officer fired a shot, hitting Freeman.
Surveillance footage obtained by FOX 5 from a business across the street captured how the chaos developed, even showing one officer run toward the Citgo.
Medics transported the suspect to Grady Memorial Hospital. He is in stable condition.
No officers were injured. The investigation is ongoing.