By Steve Visser
The man shot by Atlanta police Wednesday ran from them after he was questioned about walking in the middle of McDaniel Street, police chief George Turner said in a news conference Thursday.
Unknown to the two officers who stopped him, Yuric J. Ussey, 22, was on probation for a still unknown offense, Turner said. It is unclear why he ran.
The officers pursued him when he ran and at some point he produced a handgun that police now know was reported stolen a year ago.
Turner said it is unclear whether Ussey fired at them because the gun they recovered was jammed. “Officer felt threatened by the actual presence of the weapon,” Turner said.
Authorities found a gun abandoned under a 60-foot oak tree flanked by new construction townhomes and a run-down building that they believe was the one produced by Ussey before he was shot by multiple officers. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Garibaldi Street and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
Ussey remains in Grady Memorial Hospital after surgery Wednesday night.
Police said Wednesday night they believed “more than one” officer fired at the suspect, who they said led police on a foot chase covering several blocks around 7 p.m. The number of shots fired was unclear, O’Connor said, adding that he was unsure if the suspect fired at officers.
The names of the officer haven not been released yet.
In accordance with department policy, the officers who fired shots will be placed on a minimum of three days’ administrative duty.