Police tapes detail moments following shootout with elderly woman

Friday, December 1st 2006, 7:24 pm
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police are heard on 9-1-1 tapes urgently calling for medical help and backup after an elderly woman was killed in a shootout with narcotics officers.

Police were serving a search warrant November 21st at the home of Kathryn Johnston when the shootout happened. Three officers were wounded.

The tapes, obtained by The Associated Press, feature a clear sense of urgency in their voices. Moments of brief shouting can be heard as officers work to coordinate their efforts.

F-B-I agents are investigating Johnston's shooting. Tapes are not available of the narcotics officers' initial confrontation because that division's communications are considered confidential.

Johnston's exact age isn't clear. Relatives says she was 92. The medical examiner says she was 88.

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid leave.