ATLANTA - A South Fulton police officer is in the hospital after being shot during an attempted robbery Saturday morning.
Officials told FOX 5 the shooting happened around 5:06 a.m. near the intersection of Jesse Hill Drive and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue in northeast Atlanta.
Police say two suspects tried to rob a man, who turned out to be an off-duty police officer.
"What we believe was an attempted robbery, we had two to three suspects approach our victim," Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier said.
The victim, the yet-to-be identified officer from South Fulton, was cornered near his vehicle after leaving a nightspot on John Wesley Dobbs. Officials told FOX 5 the officer grabbed his service weapon from his vehicle, resulting in a shootout between the officer and the would-be robbers.
"They have gunshot wounds to the arms and legs, and our off-duty officer was shot in the stomach," Glazier said.
In addition to the stomach wound, the officer was shot in the hand.
Investigators spent hours Saturday morning tracking down the shell casings and studying the scene of the shootout.
Medics transported the three men to Grady Memorial Hospital. Officials say they are all in stable condition.
Glazier said he was relived at the outcome.
"I mean, it was certainly the wrong victim for them," he said. "But he was able to defend himself and do a good job."