Police ID officers shot in Atlanta-area, say they’re recovering

Officers Timothy Sterrett and Demarkus Hutcherson are recovering in Grady Memorial Hospital and the Atlanta Medical Center. (courtesy WXIA)

FOREST PARK, Ga. (AP) – Police say two officers in Clayton County are recovering in hospitals a day after they were shot.

Forest Park police Sgt. Kelli Flanigan said Thursday that Officer Timothy Sterrett was shot in the neck and underwent surgery and Officer Demarkus Hutcherson was recovering from a leg wound.

Police have said the incident began Wednesday morning with a report of a man driving recklessly on a motorcycle and not wearing a helmet.

He was later identified as 30-year-old James Jacob Bailey.

When Bailey fled on foot and ran behind a house, police say the officers followed and were shot in an exchange of gunfire with him.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that it appears Bailey was killed by a bullet from one of the officers’ guns.

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