Officer shoots man who struck someone with a metal pipe, police say

A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said agents are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Sunday morning in Midtown Atlanta.

The GBI said the shooting took place on Peachtree Place, a sidestreet near the Taco Mac on Peachtree Street.

The Atlanta Police Department said a suspect has been hospitalized and went into surgery and remains unidentified. The suspect is in critical condition. 

The officer did not suffer injuries and is no longer at the crime scene, police said. The officer's body camera was on, as well as security cameras at nearby buildings. 

Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said an officer was flagged down at about 5:45 a.m. where a man was armed with a metal pipe, hitting cars and allegedly another person. 

The officer left his patrol car and "had an encounter" with the suspect. Hampton Jr. said the officer's stun gun was ineffective, so the officer fired his weapon multiple times. 

Investigation on Peachtree Street

Police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Aug. 29 on Peachtree Street. (FOX 5 Atlanta) (FOX 5 Atlanta)

The person hit by the pipe was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital after the fire department treated them at the scene.

Right now, police don't know what caused the man to terrorize locals with the metal bar.

"The homicide team will look into the activities of the individual — what led up to arming himself with the metal pipe," Hampton said. 

FOX 5 Atlanta's Lindsay Tuman was at the crime scene and said police were walking the scene during the preliminary investigation. 

A stun gun was laying was the street next to a pair of white shoes. 

Charges against the pipe-wielding suspect are still pending. 

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