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DeKalb cops: Atlanta police officer said girlfriend shot herself with his gun
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DeKalb cops: Atlanta police officer said girlfriend shot herself with his gun

DeKalb cops: Atlanta police officer said girlfriend shot herself with his gun
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The girlfriend of an Atlanta police officer was found shot inside their DeKalb County home.

DeKalb cops: Atlanta police officer said girlfriend shot herself with his gun

The girlfriend of an Atlanta police officer was found shot inside their home Monday, DeKalb County police said.

DeKalb police ruled the shooting an attempted suicide Wednesday.

The officer was home at the time of the shooting, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. She added that his gun was used in the shooting, but it wasn’t his service weapon.

The officer called 911 just before 6 p.m. Monday and told authorities his girlfriend shot herself inside their Cavanaugh Avenue home. 

“According to his statement, he was in another room when it happened and he heard the weapon discharge,” Campbell said.

Investigators found the 32-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound and rushed her to a local hospital in critical condition.

An Atlanta police internal affairs unit responded to the scene.

“At this time, there is no investigation by (Atlanta police) into Monday’s shooting incident in DeKalb County,” Officer Stephanie Brown said. “Our Office of Professional Standards responded to the scene and is in contact with DeKalb County Police as its investigation continues.”

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