Ga. police officer responds to wrong house, shoots homeowner

Authorities said William Powell, 63, was shot by Henry County police officers who went to the wrong house when responding to a 911 call on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Stockbridge, Ga. POWELL FAMILY/WGCL

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (CBS/AP) — A Georgia police officer responded to the wrong house and shot the homeowner, authorities said Wednesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Henry County police asked the agency to investigate the shooting early Wednesday morning at home in Stockbridge, southeast of Atlanta.

CBS affiliate WGCL reported someone called 911 shortly before midnight Tuesday to report hearing a woman yelling for help and gunshots. The GBI said a preliminary review of the 911 call indicates the three officers who responded went to the wrong home.

The GBI said the officers were met by the homeowner, 63-year-old William Powell, who had a handgun. One of the officers shot Powell in the neck when he didn’t obey officers’ commands to drop the gun.

Powell was in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center, WGCL reported.

Police did eventually find the correct house, according to the GBI.

“There was an argument there however they indicated that there was no screaming for help or shots fired,” Scott Dutton of the GBI told WGCL

The officer who shot Powell was placed on administrative leave.

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