A 20-year-old convicted felon has beenÂ charged with shooting a rookie police officer in the face.
Frank Nance, from Atlanta, Georgia, allegedlyÂ shot Atlanta Police Department officer Reginald Robinson on Friday during aÂ drug-related chase.
Investigators charged the suspect with nineÂ criminal counts, including aggravated assault, being a convicted felon inÂ possession of a firearm, having a gun while committing a crime and cocaineÂ possession.
He was taken to Fulton County jail where heÂ appeared bruised and bloodied in his mug shot.
He remained in custody today.
Robinson was listed in stable condition todayÂ at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Police said Robinson was questioning NanceÂ over a suspected drug deal in southwest Atlanta at around 6:30 p.m. when the manÂ fled.
The suspect shot the policeman once in theÂ face near the intersection of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Lee StreetÂ during the foot pursuit, according to department spokesman officer JohnÂ Chafee.
Additional officers arriving in the areaÂ detained the 20-year-old and recovered a weapon.
The area around West End Mall and Ralph DavidÂ Abernathy was shut down on Friday evening, as investigators combed through theÂ crime scene.
The 35-year-old officer graduated fromÂ Atlanta’s police academy in November.
Initial reports suggested that theÂ bulletÂ that hit officer Robinson may have been fired accidentally, butÂ the policeÂ report refutes that.
Records show Nance has a long history ofÂ arrests.
The 20-year-old has been in and out of theÂ Fulton County Jail several times over the last four years, including an arrestÂ in April on assault and battery charges.