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Riverdale officer fires on suspects

A Riverdale police officer fired on a car multiple times Wednesday morning, after the driver struck a construction worker and turned the vehicle in the officer's direction, authorities said.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, which was reportedly stolen, pulled into the Brookview apartments, off Roberts Drive in Riverdale, as a police officer was following it just after 11 a.m. Riverdale Police Chief Samuel F. Patterson said the officer confirmed that the silver, Chevy Monte Carlo was the subject of a burglary lookout, and followed the vehicle to the back of the apartment complex.

The officer got out of his patrol vehicle at some point, and the driver of the Monte Carlo, in an attempt to turn around in the cul-de-sac, struck a construction worker, and turned the car in the officer's direction, Patterson said.

"He [the officer] discharged his weapon in an effort to defend his life," said Patterson.

He said the suspects drove about a quarter of a mile in the direction from which they entered the complex, but abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. He said no blood was found in the vehicle and that the suspects likely were not struck.

The officer, who has not been identified, was not injured and was placed on administrative leave, Patterson said.

The unidentified construction worker was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Patterson said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to review the incident.

Only a limited description of the suspects was available -- a young black male and a young black female.

-- From Staff Reports