Chief identifies Atlanta officer shot in face, says ‘he’s doing well’

Georgia News

ATLANTA (WSAV) – Atlanta’s police chief has identified an officer shot during an ambush in Midtown Wednesday.

According to Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant, Khuong Thai is in stable condition. He was shot in both the face and the shoulder, Bryant said.

“He’s doing well being surrounded with his family,” the chief added.

Thai was one of two officers responding to a shooting at an apartment building on Peachtree Street. When their elevator opened on the eighth floor of an apartment building, gunfire erupted.

The officers returned fire, killing 29-year-old Joseph Lee Humbles, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Law enforcement respond to Peachtree Street Wednesday (UGC)

According to police, before officers arrived, Humbles had shot a man who they say is expected to survive.

The chief said his department encountered Humbles one other time, in 2017, when he was arrested for a minor drug violation. The extent of his criminal history is still being looked into.

Bryant called the actions of his officers “stellar.” Thai was escorted by fellow officers out of the building as others worked to secure the scene, the chief said.

“This was one of the most heroic events I’ve seen in the police department — and I’ve seen many,” said Bryant.

The chief says another officer was hurt in a traffic crash while responding to the scene. He’s also in stable condition.

Thai has been with the Atlanta Police Department for two years.

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