The Latest: Names released in Atlanta police shootings

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Posted: Sep 01, 2015 5:33 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on police in Atlanta who went to the wrong house while responding to a call, shot the man living there, killed his dog and, officials say, likely shot one of their fellow officers (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Authorities have released the names of an Atlanta homeowner and a police officer who were both wounded by gunfire when officers dispatched to a possible home burglary showed up at the wrong house.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday identified the wounded homeowner as 36-year-old Christopher McKinley. Also wounded was DeKalb County police officer Travis Jones.

The GBI says two fellow officers likely shot Jones by accident. The agency said Jones was in serious but stable condition Tuesday evening after being shot in the hip.

McKinley was shot in the leg and returned home Tuesday morning. He declined to speak with a reporter outside his house.

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2:50 p.m.

An Atlanta man who was shot when police went to the wrong home had a bleeding bullet hole in his leg when he fled outside and told a neighbor: "They shot me and they shot my dog!"

Tama Colson, the neighbor, said she ran to help him Monday night after she heard shooting and saw him run outside. Colson said he spoke to her as she wrapped a shirt around his wound to stop the bleeding.

Colson said he told her he and his wife had been watching TV when they heard noises in their backyard and paused the TV show. She said he told her shooting erupted when he opened his back door.

Local and state authorities have said the officers went to the wrong house, shot the man and shot his dog. They also say the bullet that hit a wounded officer was probably fired by a fellow officer.

Authorities have not released the names of the wounded resident or officer.

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11 a.m.

Investigators say police officers who arrived at the wrong metro Atlanta home for a report of suspicious activity shot the man who lives there, shot his dog and "likely" shot one of their own, leaving him seriously wounded.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said DeKalb County police received a report of a suspicious person Monday night in a southeast Atlanta neighborhood where many of the single-story homes look similar.

They said police entered the back of a house, where two officers shot a dog and officers also shot the resident in the leg when he exited a room off the kitchen. That man, whose name was not released, returned home early Tuesday but declined to comment.

A police officer was shot in the hip and listed in serious condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.