Skip to comments.Woman, 92, fatally shot as 3 Atlanta officers wounded
Posted on 11/21/2006 9:12:54 PM PST by Hazcat
92-year-old woman was killed after she shot three Atlanta narcotics officers Tuesday night when they broke down the front door of her home trying to serve a search warrant, police said.
One officer was hit in the arm, one was struck in the shoulder, and one was shot in the thigh. All were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they were in stable condition late Tuesday night. Police did not release their identities.
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My guess is right name, wrong address.
Well theres one less crazy woman in the world so thats a good thing.
Congratulations, you posted the first of 3 threads!
Man, she went out, guns-a-blazin' at 92.
No-knock. The greatest thing since sliced bread.
Awwww Shucks, just lucky I guess.
Doughnut munchers trying to play Rambo. Most of us would have reacted the same way if someone broke down our front door...I know I would have.
It's sad, chalk up another victim in the War on Drugs.
She just winged them, they shoulda just winger back.
Uhh... I think that is part of being undercover.
Technically, the other two weren't duplicate, as they were AP versions with different text and diffferent headlines.
Three Atlanta narcotics officers were wounded in a Tuesday evening shootout with a 92-year-old woman in northwest Atlanta. She was shot and killed.
This was supposed to be the routine serving of a search warrant, but things went very wrong, very fast. Once the gunfire ended, three APD narcotics officers had been shot: one with a graze-wound to the face, and another hit dead-on, center of mass in the bulletproof vest. They were all transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A 92-year-old woman -- Catherine Johnson -- lived in the home where the officers tried to execute the warrant. She was killed in the gun battle.
The female victim shot and wounded all three of them (the officers), said deputy police chief Allen Dreher. The investigation is going to be ongoing -- Id say it would be all wrapped up in a period of time, but as we have it, she opened fire on the officers. The officers returned fire, struck and killed her.
Johnstons relatives arrived at the scene of the shootout, distraught and upset. The warrant was served at Johnsons home at 933 Neal Street. The victims family says they are convinced the police made a mistake and went to the wrong house.
They done the wrong house, said Johnsons niece, Sarah Dozier. And they killed her! This lady lived to be 92. She lived to be 92 and in good health. They went in there and she was scared to death.
According to family members, Johnson lived alone. Dozier says that Johnson did have a firearm. She says she took her aunt to get a permit for that firearm, for her own protection.
Tons of information is missing from the article. Did the police find any drugs? What evidence was presented to the judge to get the search warrant? How does a 92 year old woman, home alone, get the drop on 3 policemen who presumably have their guns drawn? Should future raids be conducted with more force to prevent dangerous 92 year old women from wounding officers with a rusty pistol?
What's the point of being undercover if they're going to break down a door (and do anything in which they need to be known as police)? It seems as though they deserve the blame, not only for breaking into the wrong house (which could be excusable), but for failing to make it clear that they were police officers, thereby making the shooting far more likely.
I know if some one broke down my door and just started yelling POLICE (I'll assume they did) they better duck!
Apostrophes are your friend.
Good questions. Some people here also shoot first and ask questions later.
If this happened the way I think it did then the cops should be charged with murder.
I bet a 92-year-old woman can hear the door being broken down a whole hellofalot better than a call of "police."
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