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Posted: August 24, 2011 10:45 a.m.

Decatur policeman shot; suspect sought

Atlanta officer hurt in tow truck chase

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police are looking for a suspect in the shooting of an officer after a traffic stop.

Police say the officer, Deron Fulton, was shot in the shoulder Tuesday night when police tried to detain two people after a routine traffic stop.

Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish says the passenger got out and fled and exchanged gunfire with the officer. She says Fulton was hit in the rear shoulder area and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Parish says Fulton was conscious and responsive.

She says the driver of the vehicle is cooperating with authorities, and police have a tentative identification of the suspect in the shooting.

 

Tow truck pursued, 2 hurt in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta police officer and a child are being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital after a tow truck being pursued by police chase struck a house.

Police say an officer tried to pull over the tow truck because it was towing a pickup truck that was improperly secured.

WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/osXb5R) Atlanta police Capt. Van Hobbs says the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued. Hobbs says the truck became detached from the wrecker in southeast Atlanta and hit the patrol car, knocking it into a fence.

Hobbs says the tow truck driver jumped out of his moving truck, which hit two houses, injuring a 12-year-old girl.

Police say the tow truck driver has been arrested. The conditions of the officer and the child aren't known.

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