While working an approved off-duty job at 1572 Hardee Street, Officer Christopher L. Smith encountered an armed individual, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He was ambushed by a suspect carrying a shotgun,” Jones said in an email statement. “The suspect fired at the officer, striking him in the face and leg.”

Smith was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition but has since been released, police said.

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