(WSB Radio) Three Atlanta Police officers are recovering at Grady Hospital after they were shot in northwest Atlanta by an elderly woman.
Deputy Chief Alan Dreher says they were trying to serve a drug warrant at a home at 933 Neal Street just before 8 o'clock Tuesday night.
"As they knocked and announced their presence and forced the door open, it took some type to get the door forced. Once the door was forced open, a female perpetrator inside the premises began to fire at the officers, the officers returned fire," said Dreher.
"As a result of the exchange of gunfire, three of our investigators were hit by gunshots. One of our investigators received a graze wound to the face. He was shot in his bullet-proof vest, and he received a gunshot wound to the left leg. Another one of our investigators received a gunshot wound to the left leg, and the third investigator received a gunshot wound to his right arm," said Dreher.
The woman killed has been identified as 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston. She had lived there nearly 20 years.
Dreher says their agents, who were in plain clothes, have been on the force for some time, and were justified in the shooting.
"It looks like everything was done by the book. They had a search warrant. It was for the proper address. They knocked and announced and they forced the door when there was no response at the door," said Dreher.
Johnston's niece, Sara Dozier of Fayette County, said her aunt was only trying to protect herself from a neighborhood where there is a lot of criminal activity.
"I'm sure she panicked. Just two weeks ago, it was on the news, somebody kicked the door in and yelled 'Arrest: Fulton County Sheriffs.' It was a break-in, a robbery, and I'm sure all of this went through her mind," said Dozier.
Johnston says her aunt never had anything to do with drugs.
"My aunt has never seen a drug, not to mention take one. The lady lived a good, clean, wholesome life, and they go in there and shoot her down like a dog," said Johnston.
"The only thing that is in that house is a laxative. My aunt takes a laxative every other day. She's a firm believer that if you flush the system, the system does not break down. There's nothing else in there," said Johnston.
Dreher said they were serving a narcotics warrant there because they believed drugs were being sold in the house.
"I'm as mad as hell. The neighbors know where the drugs are, damn it, ask the neighbors! They killed her. They shot her down like a dog and I'm upset. Somebody is going to answer to it, because I'm going to sue like hell! I'm going to sue like hell. Let Atlanta know that," said Johnston.