Update: Frank Nance, 20 years-old with a long criminal record, has been charged with shooting Officer Robinson. He was charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and Cocaine Possession.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. Cascade Patch confirmed word that an Atlanta Police Officer had received a gunshot wound near West End Mall and was transported to Grady Hospital for treatment. The officer shot was 35 year-old Reggie Robinson.
Officer Carlos Campos reported to the media that, "an Atlanta Police Officer was shot and has been transported to Grady Hospital for treatment. Preliminary information is that the officer is stable at this time."
The area around West End Mall and Ralph David Abernathy was shut down Friday evening, as investigators combed through the scene. The bulk of activity was from about the Chase Bank area on Abernathy, all the way down to Lee Street.
Kevin Rowson of 11Alive has tweeted that the officer was on a "narcotics investigation" when he received a gunshot to the mouth. Rowson also says his source tells him that the, "suspect is in custody. May have been accidental shot fired during arrest."
TV reports from the scene stated that the victim is Officer Reggie Robinson, a 35 year-old recent graduate of the Police Academy.
APD Public Affairs Officer Carlos said that the officer was in a foot pursuit with a suspect or group of suspects when shots were fired. Some reports stated that authorities believe that the bullet that hit Officer Robinson may have been fired from an accidental discharge, but the police's statement refutes that. A suspect was caught not far from the scene with a weapon.
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On 01-11-2013 around 6:30pm an Atlanta Police Officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd regarding the possible sale of illegal drugs. Upon arrival the officer began investigating and encountered a suspicious male. The male ran from the officer and the officer gave chase on foot. During the chase the officer was shot one time in the face by the suspect. Additional officers responded to the area, detained an individual believed to be the suspect and recovered a weapon. Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators responded to the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the involvement of the detained male.
The officer is 35 year old Reggie Robinson. He graduated from the Atlanta Police Department in November 2012 and is assigned to Zone 4 evening watch.