A suspect has been identified in last night's altercation with an Atlanta police officer, an incident which occurred only a few blocks from such Decatur restaurants as and .
The AJC is reporting that police are looking for Khalif Edwards, who they believe struck Patrick Apaoian, a nine-year veteran of the department, with his vehicle. The officer received injuries to his leg and chest and was transported to Grady Hospital after the incident.
"During the investigation of a crime our investigator became involved in an altercation with a suspect," said Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee. "The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, striking the investigator with the vehicle as he fled.
"The investigator is stable and in good spirits and is being treated for his injuries," Chaffee said. "The suspect is still at large."
The incident occurred at the intersection of College and Sisson avenues, near the East Lake MARTA station. A Google map of the location shows it to be just west of College and East Lake Drive, where the Wahoo Decatur Grill is located.
Avellino's Pizza is located a few blocks east of the intersection.
11Alive is reporting that Apaoian was working a side job, investigating a crime when he became involved in the altercation. The AJC is reporting that the suspect might be traveling with children, while Fox5 reports that police are looking for a gold Honda.
CBS Atlanta is reporting that Apaoian was working a second job for the Kirkwood neighborhood patrol when he witnessed a crime. It cites Apaoian as the founder of the non-profit group Humble Heroes, which helps sick and injured firefighters and police officers.
According to the AJC, Apaoian founded the organization in 2009 after two Atlanta officers became sick. The group organized several restaurants in Atlanta to donate portions of their revenue from designated nights to help the officers, one of whom had cancer and another who had suffered a stroke.
Humble Heroes website describes itself as a 501c(3) charity "committed to standing behind the men and women in public safety. The purpose of Humble Heroes shall be to assist police officers, firefighters, and their families by providing financial and moral support to those who have been seriously injured or fallen ill, while building solid relationships between public service and the communities they serve."
The Atlanta police department has not released any other details about the incident.