Atlanta, GA – An Atlanta police officer was attacked and his duty weapon was stolen when he responded to call at a Chevron gas station last Saturday night.
The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. on June 8 when officers arrived at the Chevron on the corner of Cambellton and County Line Roads, according to WAGA.
When the first Atlanta police officer arrived on the scene, he could see a man in a physical altercation with the store clerk, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"They were causing a disturbance in the store and the manager wanted them to leave and they were refusing to leave," Atlanta Police Major Celeste Murphy said, according to WAGA.
The officer stopped the suspect as he was coming out of the convenience store and tried to take the man into custody.
However, a second suspect jumped the officer from behind, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"The subject started a physical fight with the officer, and while he's in the physical fight with the suspect, another suspect came from behind and jumped on his back," Maj. Murphy said.
The officer suffered minor injuries as a result of the altercation.
During the fight that ensued, one of the suspects stole the officer’s firearm off of his duty belt, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta Police Officer Jarius Daugherty told reporters that initially, police thought the suspects had also stolen the officer’s police radio, but it was later found and determined to have been dislodged from the officer’s belt during the attack.
Police were still searching for the suspects and the officer’s handgun on Monday morning.
“It is extremely high level with us right now to get that weapon back,” Major Murphy told reporters. "Whether or not they can use the gun isn't my concern. I just want to get the gun back."