Atlanta Schools Officer Shoots Angry Parent Who Wouldn’t Put Down Gun During After School Fight

An Atlanta Public Schools (APS) police officer shot a parent Wednesday afternoon during an altercation at Booker T. Washington High School.

Officials said a group of students were involved in a fight “during dismissal at Washington High School,” according to WAGA.

According to WXIA, the fight started with two students and escalated.

A parent of one of the students arrived at the campus — just west of the Atlanta University Center complex — and began waving a gun toward students, staff, and a schools officer, a spokesperson for APS told the station.

The officer ordered the parent to put down the gun, but they refused to do so. “The officer fired one shot which struck the parent in the hand,” a statement from APS said.

Paramedics treated the injury, and no one else was injured in the shooting.

Officials said the parent faces multiple charges in the incident, which is being investigated by Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Police Department with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Family members told WSB the parent was a mother who had come to the school to defend her daughter.

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[Featured image: WXIA screenshot]