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Decatur Officer Shot Investigating Drug Warrant
UPDATED WITH VIDEO January 11, 2013 at 5:58 p.m.
Decatur police were investigating a search warrant this morning at the home of 32-year-old Dennis Wayne Kendall when a single gunshot was fired, injuring an officer.
The suspect has been arrested, the officer is in stable condition, and now, police are trying to figure out how this convicted felon got his hands on a gun in the first place.
A sky-blue house across from a cemetery on North Taylor Street is where it all went down. Officers knocked at the door but got no response. At about 6:45 this morning, they were trying to force their way into the home when the shot was fired from inside. The bullet lodged and fractured the lower right leg of a Decatur narcotics officer, an eight-year veteran with the department. He was taken into surgery early today, but is said to be in good spirits.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and his family, with hopes of a speedy recovery," Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker said. "We are not doing anything differently as an angency as a result of this incident, and we will continue on with business as usual, providing police services for the city of Decatur. Upon initial review of the incident this morning, and personally knowing the skills and professionalism of the officers involved, I am very proud of all of the men and women of this agency and the manner they handled things this morning."
Walker is not releasing the officer's name, out of respect for his privacy. After he was shot, police treated this is as a "barricaded gunman" situation. Decatur police never fired their weapons.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the Macon County Jail, where he is currently being held.
Police got a second search warrant after the shooting inside the home. They recovered felony amounts of drugs and the 9mm handgun they believe was used to shoot the officer.
Kendall is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and operating a fortified drug house, among other charges.
UPDATED January 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
A Decatur police officer is in stable condition this afternoon after being shot in the leg while investigating a drug warrant.
The incident occurred when police knocked on the door of a home in the 900-block of North Taylor Street in Decatur to execute a search warrant for illegal drugs. When officers got no answer, they tried to force their way into the home, but could not gain access because the door had been reinforced from the inside.
At some point, a single shot was fired through the door from inside the house, lodging and fracturing the officer's lower right leg.
Dennis Wayne Kendall, 32, the target of the warrant, is now in police custody. He faces preliminary charges of attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, armed violence, felony drug charges, and operating a fortified drug house. Police found felony amounts of drugs and the 9mm weapon used to shoot the officer in Kendall's house.
Police are investigating how Kendall, a convicted felon, obtained the gun. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.
The injured officer is an eight-year veteran of the Decatur Police Department. Authorities are not releasing his name.